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Russian diplomats are ready to dialog with Georgian counterparts2009-02-02 12:20
Russian diplomats in the UN are ready to dialog with their Georgian colleagues in case the latter have a wish to hold a meeting, stated Vitaliy Churkin, the Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN in his interview to RIA Novosti and The Nezavisimaya Gazeta, published today.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"If Georgian diplomats here, in New York, get a wish to meet, we will not be hiding from them", the Russian Permanent Representative said.
According to Churkin, he is not aware whether his new Georgian counterpart arrived in New York or not.
Let us remind that Irakli Alasania, the ex-Permanent Representative of Georgia to the UN resigned in December 2008 due to his disagreement with the actions of the Georgian rule in South Ossetia. On December 15th President Saakashvili appointed Alexander Lomaya, the ex-Secretary of the National Security Council, the new Permanent Representative to the UN.
At the present moment the Un Security Council members conduct consultations on working out the new mandate of the UN mission, conducting monitoring in the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict area.
Its present-day mandate expires on February 15th 2009. Previously it was called the UN observer mission in Georgia, and its employees worked both in Georgia and in Abkhazia. After the recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia the practical and legal necessity to change its status and name aroused. "Before February 15th the UN Security Council must adopt a resolution on he future of the mission, which is called just "The UN mission" in resolution on the 4-month prolongation of its mandate (adopted in October 2008), since the mission works not only in the territory of Georgia, but also in the territory of Abkhazia, which became the independent state. Consultations on working out the new mandate are being conducted in the capitals, as well as in New York. It is too early to speculate what solutions will be finally found, considering the new realities on Caucus", Churkin said.