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PACE can mitigate its assessment of the events in the South Caucasus

2009-01-19 16:00

PACE can mitigate its assessment of the events in the South Caucasus, occurred in August 2008, said Konstantin Kosachev, the chairman of the State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs, ITAR TASS informs.


After the meeting of Russian MPs with PACE mission Kosachev mentioned that the talks turned in constructive and substantive way. According to Kosachev, the tone of the situation in the Caucasus discussion is changing. "Finally we came to this dialog, and if the new resolution keeps this tone, Russia may support it", he said.

The topic of the conflict will again be discussed in the course of the session of Assembly in January, beginning on January 26th . Luis Maria de Puig, PACE mission head, expressed gratification with the negotiations in Moscow and information on the course of the conflict in South Ossetia, provided to them. He mentioned that both Boris Gryzlov, the Speaker of the State Duma and Sergey Lavrov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, provided them with considerable volume of data and shared political assessments, never known to him before.

De Puig stated that the new PACE resolution will be prepared with consideration of the Moscow visit results. He noticed that the entire resolution is an obscure outline and added that it contains no sharp wordings like the demand to annul recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia yet.

Let us remind that PACE Presidential Committee mission, comprising representatives of all the five political groups of the Assembly, arrived in Moscow on January 18th . The main objective of the visit, following the one to Tbilisi, is monitoring of Russia's implementation of a resolution on consequences of the conflict in South Caucasus.

In his turn, Leonid Slutsky, the Deputy head of the delegation and first deputy chairman of the International Affairs Committee, reminded that at the PACE session in January the report on implementation of the resolution on consequences of the war between Georgia and Russia will be submitted for discussion. He admitted that the preliminary project of the resolution has a "clearly expressed Georgian trend".

At the same time, Slutsky believes that the tone of the Europeans has already become more restrained. "Growing numbers of our colleagues heed Russia's position on the events in South Ossetia and further development of the situation in the Caucasus," the MP noticed.

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