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OSCE mission in Georgia to stop its work in January2008-12-23 16:15
OSCE mission stops its work in Georgia, as the mandate expires in December, 31st 2008, stated Teri Hakala, the head of the mission, after the meeting with Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister, Alexander Nalbandov, RIA-Novosti informs.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Hakala expressed regret for closure of the mission, which, in her view, did its work brilliantly and is needed in Georgia now. According to Hakala, Russia was very unconstructive when blocked the issue of OSCE monitors mandate prolongation.
According to the head of the Tbilisi mission, now they are waiting for further information from OSCE head office in Vienna, and in very early January closing measures will be taken.
Let us remind that at yesterday's meeting of OSCE member countries in Vienna, no agreement on mission in Georgia mandate prolongation. Russia was against it, as, "from the point of the Russian legislation (considering the recognition of South Ossetia) it is illegal ".
Hakala expresses hope that the EU monitoring mission, remaining in Georgia, will take OSCE monitors functions, and negotiations on further OSCE mission in Georgia stationing will be continued.