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OSCE failed to adopt the final declaration of the summit

2008-12-05 18:56

OSCE member countries Foreign Ministers didn't adopt the final declaration of the summit because of the lack of consensus in positions of the participant states in a number of critically important issues.


According to Matti Vanhanen, the PM of Finland, the discord in fundamental issues was too great, Assosiated Press states.

The conflict of August 2008 in the Caucasus was one of the points in the agenda of the meeting held today in Helsinki.

As Eka Tkeshelashvili, Georgian Foreign minister, pointed out, there were no unanimous opinion on final declaration for seven years running.

Georgian Minister believes that the reason was the divergence of Russian position from the viewpoints of the other member countries.

Russia again showed its disruptiveness in decision-making. I don't think that other participant states are content with its position, she stated.  

Tkeshelashvili mentioned that the discord was shown in two issues: Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) and a paragraph on situation in the Caucasus.

As Tkeshelashvili explained, Russian wording to describe war in Georgia in the declaration was unacceptable. Russia intended to use phrases "events of august", and later - "tragic events".



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