OSCE Secretary General avoids using a term of "occupied lands of Georgia"
Georgia, Tbilisi, Sept. 10 / corr Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /
OSCE Secretary General Mark Perren de Brishambo avoided using a term of "occupied lands of Georgia".
In an exclusive interview for Rustavi 2 television channel Brishambo said this is the term which he cannot use, because he is the OSCE Secretary General and ought to take into account positions of all OSCE member-counties.
"I can say that there is serious disagreement among OSCE member-states due to situation in conflict zones," Brishambo said. "We try to defend interests of everyone residing in Georgia. It is important not to suspend the issue, deepen the relations and cooperation. We should not break relations with any of sides."
He also commented on Russia's placement of C-300 air defense system in occupied areas.
"I understand this matter raises many concerns and not only in Georgia," Brishambo added. "It is again difficult for me to estimate any of OSCE member-states due to my position. If to speak commonly, it is really bad when accumulation of armaments or unilateral upgrading occurs in this situation, and when the conflict solution develops too slowly."
Military actions were launched in the unrecognized republic of South Ossetia in August 2008. Georgian troops entered Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia and later Russian troops occupied the city and drove the Georgian military back to Georgia. Russia recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia on Aug. 26 and established diplomatic relations with them on Sept. 9, 2008.