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Georgia criticized the actions of PACE Monitoring Committee member2010-04-23 12:06
Georgia has roundly condemned the actions of PACE Monitoring Committee spokesman David Wilshire and subjected it to sharp criticism for holding a meeting with South-Ossetian Envoy for Post-Conflict Settlement Boris Chochiev in the SO Embassy building in Moscow.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The meeting was held on April 20 in the context of PACE spokesman's visit to Moscow before the spring session of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe where the outcome of the 2008 Georgian-Russian war is to be discussed. At the session, the Monitoring Committee is going to submit the report on the implementation of PACE resolutions on the Georgian-Russian conflict, GeorgiaTimes correspondent in Tbilisi reports.
The statement disseminated by the Georgian MFA characterizes the fact of holding a meeting in the building of the South-Ossetian Embassy in Moscow as shocking.
"PACE member David Wilshire acted in the status of the Assembly spokesman and represented the entire organization. This is the first time when the official representative of the organization holds a meeting in the building of the South-Ossetian Embassy", - the statement underlines.
The official Tbilisi believes that the fact contradicts the international law rules and standards, the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity, and violates the status of the Council of Europe and all PACE resolutions, which assessment was entrusted to the monitoring committee.
"At the same time, this is direct ignoring of the position of the Council of Europe and member-countries which criticized Russia's recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and have called upon Russia to withdraw the decision. Moreover, it means that Mr. Wilshire has got a knowingly prejudged position as to the issues concerning the outcome of the Georgian-Russian war", - the foreign administration officers say.
MFA welcomes the position of the British Permanent Representative to CE who has stated respect and support of Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity on April 21 at the PACE Monitoring Committee meeting. Tbilisi is expecting the Council of Europe and member-countries to criticize Wilshire's actions.