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Russia doesn’t want OSCE mission in Georgia mandate prolonged2008-12-22 15:28
Russia didn't agree to prolong OSCE mission in Georgia mandate, said Anvar Azimov, Russian Permanent Representative to OSCE at today's meeting in the office of the organization.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"From the point of view of the law (considering recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia) it is illegal", he stated to RIA-Novosti.
According to Azimov, the present-day mandate of "Georgian mission" includes the territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and must be revised.
OSCE mission in Georgia mandate expires on December, 31st 2008.
Proposed by Finland "technical" prolongation of OSCE mission in Georgia to end March in order to let further negotiations on new mandate, can be considered by Russia only providing this "technical" prolongation fixes that regulations of the old mandate, concerning South Ossetia and Abkhazia, expire on January, 1st , Azimov stated. According to the Permanent Representative, "no decision on prolongation is required for continuation of the negotiations".
In accordance with OSCE procedures, when the new mandate expires, the mission starts a regime of curtailment, lasting for two or three months. As Azimov underlined, during this period the negotiations can be continued.