My Russian Counterpart Not Dares to Debate with Me: Georgian Foreign Minister

Georgia Materials 18 September 2008 12:46 (UTC +04:00)

Georgia, Tbilisi, 18 September / Trend corr. N.Kirtskhalia /Ekaterina Tkeshelashvili, Georgian Foreign Minister considers that Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, frightened to debate with her in the meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of OSCE. "As far as is known, Lavrov must have participated in the discussions regarding the situation in Georgia, but he did not dare to attend in debates," Tkeshelashvili said in Tbilisi airport before leaving for Toronto to participate in the session of PA OSCE.

Tkeshelashvili will deliver detailed report regarding the situation in Georgia.

PA OSCE will discuss the recent developments in the Georgian-Ossetin and Abkhaz conflict zones, Russia's role due to the current situation, as well as will develop a report on the recent situation in the region.

"We want to prepare good debates regarding the crisis in the discussions that will take place in the autumn session in Canada and Toronto," Joao Soares, Chairman of the PA OSCE, said.

Lavrov and Georgian Foreign Ministry representatives are invited to participate in discussions.

At the night of 8 August, large-scale military operations were launched in the self-declared South Ossetia republic. The Georgian troops entered Tskhinvali. Later the Russian troops entered the city and drove the Georgian forces back to the Georgian territory.

On 12 August, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev announced that he has decided to end operations to compel Georgia to peace.

It was decided to keep Russian peacekeepers and international observers in the territory of Georgia.

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