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OSCE mission in Georgia prolongation contradicts Russia law2008-12-30 10:58
Due to changed realities OSCE mission in Georgia mandate went out of date and demands exclusion of all regulations referring to South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Anvar Azimov, Russian Permanent Representative to OSCE, said to RIA-Novosti.gt-en-newsitem-inside
He disclaimed accusations in Russia's failing negotiations on mission prolongation. "The truth is that not we but Western partners still nourish illusions of the past and don't want to accept the objective reality: existence of the two new independent states: the republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia ".
"In this case Russia agrees to accept separate OSCE missions in Tbilisi and Tskhinval", Russian diplomat noticed.
Let us remind that last week Russia disagreed to prolong OSCE mission in Georgia mandate, as "Georgian mission" mandate included Abkhazian and South Ossetian components, and therefore should be revised. Moscow recognized South Ossetia and Abkhazia, and "Georgian mission" mandate prolongation is illegal from the point of Russian law.
Azimov expressed regret, as "in this connection Russian propositions find no adequate understanding up to the last days of the year ". "But we do not make a tragedy out of it and do not slam the door, as many Western partners try to present. Evidently, they need time to realize the geopolitical changes that took place and draw realistic conclusions for themselves ", Azimov said. He is sure that this issue cannot be considered "from positions of the right and the guilty".
"Realism and constructivism is required, and Russia is always ready for it. We are for dialog resumption and reasonable solutions finding. On this basis we are ready to work with future OSCE chair country, Greece , beginning with January 1st 2009 ", Azimov said.