Georgia, Tbilisi, September 17/Trend N.Kirtzkhalia/
Georgian Foreign Ministry views several options for restoring OSCE mission in Georgia, Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze said on Tuesday following the meeting with the president of OSCE PA, the Speaker of the Parliament of Montenegro Ranko Krivokapic.
"We permanently hold consultations with OSCE Secretary General. I will have meetings on this issue in October. It is known that there are several options, but they are still blocked by Russia. But we will see, may be we will find a way for restoring OSCE mission," she said.
The minister stressed that currently there are several ideas. "We work on this. It is likely that any OSCE institution can be established in Georgia as a first stage. But it is necessary to take everything into account in its political dimension in order to prevent the violation or ignorance of Georgia's territorial integrity in any form, so that there wouldn't be any inadmissible term in the title," Panjikidze stated.
The minister also said that the issue of OSCE's participation in observation of presidential elections in Georgia on October 27 was also discussed during the meeting.
"I am very glad that OSCE arrives in Georgia with a large number of observers, as our aim is to hold free and transparent elections. They will make assessments best of all. In addition, they have long-term observers who comment that the election environment is much better compared to previous elections and is fundamentally different. We will do our best so that the observers would have the best conditions for work," Panjikidze stated.
Large scale military action was launched in South Ossetia on August 8, 2008. Later, Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and expelled the Georgian military.
Russia recognised the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in late August. In response, Tbilisi ended diplomatic relations with Moscow and has called the two unrecognised republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia occupied territories.
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