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PACE unable to build consensus as to the 5-day war assessment

2010-04-27 15:12

Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is unable to adopt a resolution on the issue of getting over the consequences of the August 2008 conflict in the Caucasus.


Two reporters that made a speech on the matter today have come to the totally different conclusions and produced different assessments.

For instance, one of them, Hungarian Spokesman Matias Yorsh (the reporter on Georgia) suggests that PACE should "express deepest regret that Russia has never fulfilled the requirements made on the party of the Assembly". At the same time, PACE welcomes the fact that Georgia "has fulfilled most of the Assembly's requirements".

On his part, the reporter on Russia, British Spokesman David Wilshire believes that the Assembly should not demand the parties' fulfillment of the requirements that they are not ready to agree to at the moment. He believes that "the continuation of the general debates on the sad events of August 2008 will hardly contribute to the positive progress and may even bring harm".

As was already reported by GeorgiaTimes, earlier, PACE failed to agree upon the preliminary text of the draft report on the consequences of the August conflict in the Caucasus.

An extraordinary meeting of the Monitoring Committee was held in Strasbourg on April 25.

It was held before the session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) was opened. "The only point discussed at the meeting was the preliminary consideration of the draft report on the consequences of the conflict between Russia and Georgia", - Head of the Russian delegation to PACE, Head of the State Duma Committee for International Affairs Konstantin Kosachev stated.

The meeting was a private one, so he refused to give the details of the discussion and the decision taken. At the same time, he made it clear that the opinions divided and that the meeting participants could not agree upon any common version of the future report.


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