Ambassador: Georgia hopes for effective decisions at OSCE summit
Kazakhstan, Astana, Nov. 24 / Trend A. Maratov /
Georgia hopes to take concrete decisions at the OSCE summit in Astana on all issues, Georgian Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Kazakhstan Paata Kalandadze told Trend.
"At present, our diplomatic representation prepares for the visit of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili to Astana to attend the OSCE upcoming summit," Kalandadze said.
The Georgian side hopes that special attention will be paid at the summit.
The OSCE has not held such a summit for 11 years.
The event will take place in Astana in early December under Kazakhstan's chairmanship, and gather the presidents and the heads of the state of OSCE member countries.
"We hope that the decisions adopted at the summit will focus on efficiency and effectiveness. We expect that the concrete decisions on the protracted conflicts, which will contribute to establishing peace in the territory of Georgia, will be made at the Astana forum," ambassador said.
He said that the Georgian side thinks it necessary that the events happened in Georgia in August 2008 to be discussed at the summit.
Georgian autonomous regions - Abkhazia and South Ossetia declared unilaterally about the independence and secession from Georgia as a result of the conflict in August 2008. Separatist regions were supported by Russia. Later, it established diplomatic relations with them despite protests from the West. Besides Russia, Venezuela, Nicaragua and the Republic of Nauru recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
"We hope that the occupation of Georgian territory will be considered as at all meetings in the format of the OSCE Summits, including the latest Istanbul Summit," Kalandadze said.
The OSCE Summits have been held six times since establishing the organization in 1975. The last OSCE summit was held in Istanbul in 1999.
"It is important for the accents to be made on implementing all items of the Ceasefire Agreement of August 12, 2008, restoring the presence of the OSCE mission, as well as the need to start a dialogue between Georgia and Russia at the highest level", Kalandadze said.
The Georgian delegation also hopes that the issues of strengthening the OSCE's role in the Geneva negotiations, establishing the trust between the conflicting parties, protecting human rights in the occupied territories, dignified and safe returning of internally displaced people to their places of permanent residence will be discussed at the summit.
A dialogue is being held within the Geneva discussions to restore stability in the region of the Georgian conflict. The Geneva discussions have been held since October 2008 on the basis of the agreements the Russian and French presidents, reached after the events in South Ossetia in August 2008.
The delegations from Georgia, Russia, U.S, South Ossetia, Abkhazia, as well as representatives of the EU, UN and OSCE attend the Geneva meetings on an equal basis. The only result of these meetings was a document containing the proposals for mechanisms to prevent and resolve the incidents in the zone of the Georgian conflict.