Both Russia and Georgia Responsible for Latest Developments in Georgia: Head of PACE Commission
France, Strasburg, 29 September / Trend corr. A.Maharramli / Both sides ї Russia and Georgia are responsible for the latest developments in Georgia, Luke Van den Brande, the head of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Commission, who was in visit to Georgia from 22 to 25 September, said at a news conference on 29 September. їBoth sides did not make enough efforts to prevent the war. As a result, the sides are responsible for violation of human rights. Both Russia and Georgia participated in bombing of villages and other populated areas,ї he said.
At present the region is experiencing critical humanitarian situation as a result of the war, he said. More than 70,000 people have become refugee or IDP. There are 210,000 refugees in the region.
The Commissionїs visit to Russia and Georgia is the first step, Van den Brande said. It necessary to encourage the Russian and Georgian delegation at the PACE for dialogues to stabilize the situation, because we cannot tolerate this situation.
As to the question concerning the Russian delegationїs mandate, Van den Brande said: їThe relevant commission of the PACE will examine this issue. Personally, I am against to freeze mandates of both delegations. Their participation is needed to hold discussions and keep the situation under control.ї
As to any sanction against Russia, the Belgian MP said: їIt is necessary to wait for results of discussions to be held by 2 October. The PACE should hold a decisive position on this matter.ї
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