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Foreign Minister of Abkhazia and UN special envoy to Georgia held a meeting2009-02-27 17:17
Prospective of international presence in the territory of Abkhazia were discussed today by Sergey Shamba, the Foreign Minister of Abkhazia and Johan Verbeke, the UN special envoy to Georgia at the meeting in Sokumi, ITAR TASS reports, alluding to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia press service.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Shamba reiterated the invariance of Abkhaz side's position in regard of determination of the UN mission legal status. This position proceeds from the necessity to adopt the renewed mandate with consideration of the Abkhaz side proposals and the changed status of the republic. At the same time, he stated the interest of the Abkhaz authority in UN mission mandate prolongation and impossibility of replacing UN observers with the EU monitors.
The Minister condemned the actins of the EU, which, in Shamba's view, exerts pressure on the countries considering possibility to recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia. "The Abkhaz side again witnessed that the European structures representatives, showing such political bias, are not able to act as objective and equidistant mediators in the conflict settlement", he stated.
The Foreign Minister of Abkhazia and the UN special envoy also discussed the results of Geneva Talks fourth round, held on February 17th -18th .