Russian FM: Georgia should cease to parasitize on the "occupation"
Deputy Foreign Minister of the RF Grigory Karasin commented the outcome of negotiations in Geneva on security in the Caucasus.
Recall, yesterday, December 14, the 18th round of discussions on security in the Caucasus took place. The Georgian delegation was headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergi Kapanadze. The negotiations to prevent tension in the Caucasus was also attended by representatives of Russia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, as well as U.S., UN, EU and OSCE.
As Grigory Karasin told, at the meeting in Switzerland Moscow's proposal that Russia, the EU and the U.S. should become guarantors of the statements by Georgia, South Ossetia and Abkhazia on the nonuse of force was not accepted.
"We have explained our position that Russia, together with the EU and U.S. could act as guarantors of such statements, but this idea was not supported by Georgia. The EU and U.S. also do not still agree on it. They believe, that Russia should in its turn make a statement about nonuse of force against Georgia", the Interfax quoted Russian diplomat.
Karasin emphasized that at the talks in Geneva there was proposed to finish using the term "occupied territory" in relation to Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
"Georgian politicians and Georgian president are parasitizing on the term "occupied territories". This matter was very serious. We once again drew attention to the fact that Georgia should think about how to restore good relations with South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Georgian law about "occupied territories" leads nowhere", Grigory Karasin said.
The Geneva talks are being held from October 2008 on the basis of agreements between the presidents of Russia and France, reached after the tragic events of August 2008 in South Ossetia. Delegations from Abkhazia, Georgia, Russia, USA, South Ossetia, as well as representatives of the EU, UN and OSCE, take part in Geneva meetings on an equal basis.