Georgian foreign ministry: Russian, Abkhazian and South Ossetia representatives’ position threatens Geneva talks
Georgia, Tbilisi, July 2 / Trend N. Kirtzkhalia /
Russian, Abkhazian and so-called South Ossetia representatives' position threatens the format of the Geneva talks, Georgian First Deputy Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaliani said at a traditional briefing on Monday.
He summarised the results of the 24th round of the Geneva negotiations and stressed that the representatives of Sukhumi and Tskhinvali have tried to change the format and the agreements are created on the basis of the consensus.
"We have clearly stated that these attempts directed to change the format created on the basis of the consensus pose a threat to the Geneva talks," Zalkaliani said. "The representatives of Sukhumi, Tskhinvali and Russia are responsible for this."
He also thanked the co-chairmen for a firm position and said it will be known at the next round scheduled for October 15-16 who will take part there.
According to him, the co-chairmen expressed their full support to the Georgian side. They together called on Russia to fulfil the ceasefire agreements and obligations and to respect the right of free movement of citizens and norms of international law.
The Geneva talks were convened after the armed conflict in Georgia in August 2008, in accordance with the ceasefire agreement of August 12.
Large scale military action was launched in South Ossetia on August 8, 2008. Later, Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and expelled the Georgian military.
Russia recognised the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in late August. In response, Tbilisi broke diplomatic relations with Moscow and has called the two unrecognised republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia occupied territories.