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Abkhaz MFA: OSCE should pursue neutral policy2010-11-15 18:07
"As a co-chairman in Geneva discussions, OSCE should pursue an equally distant constructive policy aimed at stabilizing the situation in the whole region. The absence of such policy may rouse Abkhazia's reasonable doubts in respect of OSCE's neutrality as a co-chairman in Geneva discussions". This has been stated in a letter of Abkhaz Foreign Minister Maxim Gvindzhia to OSCE, Apsnypress reports.gt-en-newsitem-inside
As is pointed out by Gvindzhia, OSCE is one of organizations whose presence in the Caucasus has been a significant reserving factor in conflict escalation. Head of the Abkhaz foreign policy administration is warning OSCE that Georgia goes on nursing aggressive schemes of attacking Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which fact is confirmed, in the minister's opinion, by an international campaign initiated by Georgia on recognizing Abkhazia and South Ossetia as the territories occupied by Russia.
Gvindzhia called the presentation of the problem of recognizing Abkhazia and South Ossetia as occupied territories illegitimate and ungrounded.
"It should be noted that Russian troops are present in the territory of the Republic of Abkhazia in accordance with the international agreements signed between Abkhazia and Russia. Moreover, the presence of Russian troops is fully welcomed and supported by the entire Abkhaz population. This fact is conditioned by these forces acting as guarantors of the non-renewal of military actions on Georgia's part, which is still developing plans of another armed intrusion in Abkhazia", - the letter goes.
"Confirming its loyalty to a constructive and peaceful dialogue", the Abkhaz party stands for being granted access to OSCE headquarters in order to meet with its leaders, deliver speeches before OSCE member-countries, as well as be present during the discussions of matters relating to the settlement of the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict held within OSCE.
In the minister's opinion, this condition will enable OSCE to take "objective and weighed decisions encouraging conflict and contradiction settlement in the Caucasus".