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Greece regrets closure of OSCE mission in Georgia2008-12-29 10:57
Greece regrets closure of OSCE mission in Georgia, stated Dora Bakoyannis, Greek Foreign Miniister in the interview, published at the Ministry's site on Sunday, ITAR-TASS informs.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Greece becomes the chairing country in OSCE on January, 1st 2009 (present-day chair country is Finland).
Bakoyannis expressed regret that at the recent meeting in Helsinki no consensus between 56 participant countries was reached to let mission in Georgia continue its work. She added that Greece, as OSCE chair, will work hard to find a way to proceed OSCE activities that everyone will accept.
At the December meeting in Helsinki OSCE member countries failed to reach consensus on the future of the OSCE mission in Georgia, and that is why it will be closed in early 2009.
On December 23rd Andrey Nesterenko, Russian Foreign Ministry representative, claimed that OSCE mission in Georgia mandate prolongation contradicts common sense.
"Evidently, if there is a need to preserve any OSCE mission in Georgia , its mandate must correspond to the new realties, including, surely, the consideration of South Ossetia ", he said and added that the new situation may be discussed even after December, 31st when, according to OSCE procedures, the mission mandate expires and it will enter the closing regime, lasting for 2-3 months.
According to the diplomat, Russia is ready to negotiate on working out the new mandate for another OSCE mission in South Ossetia.