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France is content with Genovese talks process2008-12-19 18:53
According to the French Foreign Ministry statement, France, the chair country of the EU, is content with the continuation of the discussions on the Caucasus , held in Geneva, and urges the participants to reach the agreement on situation normalization, RIA-Novosti informs.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"We consider as positive the fact that the talks continue and let to extend the exchange of views on important issues, but there are still barriers that demand the continuation of the talks", French Foreign Ministry states, in the name of the EU.
According to the same statement, the EU chair country wishes all the sides to take the talks seriously and show their desire to reach agreement on co-chairing organizations suggestions.
Let us remind that the third round of international consultations was held on December 17th - 18th in Geneva, with participation of Russia, Georgia, the USA, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, with the EU, OSCE and the UN representatives as co-chairmen.
As Johan Verbeke, the UN's chief envoy on Georgia he pointed out the fact that the participants carefully, preliminarily and without any responsibilities discussed free movement through checkpoints.
The negotiations were conducted in the format of two workgroups. The first one discussed the suggestions of the EU, the UN and OSCE on working out mechanisms of conflict prevention, but reached no agreement.
According to French Foreign Ministry, in the course of the second workgroup the issues of refugees and internally displaced persons were discussed. The participants drew special attention to economy restoration and access of experts and humanitarian aid to the region. They agreed with the necessity to resume gas, water and electricity supplies to population of the suffered districts.