PACE Monitoring Committee keeps in force resolutions on Georgian-Ossetian war
Georgia, Tbilisi, Jan. 28 / Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /
The PACE Monitoring Committee has kept in force all three resolutions adopted so far on the Georgian-Ossetian war. A document adopted by the committee reads that all three resolutions introduced after the 2008 war by the Council of Europe must be fulfilled.
The document calls on Russia to fulfill its commitments to the CoE. In particular, this concerns the abolition of its recognition of Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's independence, permission to European monitors to enter the occupied territories and the safe and dignified return of refugees.
The committee's decision has irked the Russian delegation, whose members have called the document "unrealistic."
The Georgian delegation welcomed the document and regarded it as another victory for Georgian diplomacy.
"The Russian deputies had other plans. They wanted to mitigate the resolutions because they are tough and demanding. This did not happen. Russian MPs were also planning to launch a new long-term process, which in turn could involve Abkhazian and Ossetian puppets to enhance their legitimacy. This failed, too, because the resolution remains in force," MP Petre Tsiskarishvili said.
In accordance with the document, the committee will meet once a year and consider the question.
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.