Murat Dzhioev: the idea of PACE resolution is humane, but not its wording

Thu, 24/01/2013 - 13:23

Resolution of the PACE adopted today at the session on the report of the Swedish deputy Tina Aketoft "Georgia and Russia: the humanitarian situation in the areas affected by the conflict and military operations," in principle, does not contain anything new- the same old accents, the same misconceive of the real situation.

This was said IA "Res" by Presidential Envoy of South Ossetia on post-conflict settlement Murat Dzhioev.
"From the very beginning: the title of the report is not correct. If you mean the humanitarian situation after the war in August 2008 (and it should be understood so), the focus should be on Georgia and South Ossetia, but not on Georgia and Russia - Dzhioev said. - But this is a political attitude, followed by PACE. Though the resolution is devoted to the humanitarian situation, but in fact, humanitarian issues have become hostages to political ambitions."
South Ossetia and Abkhazia are marked as part of Georgia in the resolution, and this, according to the authorized representative, is the main misconceive of the reality.
"Unless South Ossetia and Abkhazia are acknowledged as the independent, not related to the territorial limits of Georgia, there could not be real basis for humanitarian and other issues, including the return of refugees. Nobody objects to the international voluntary standards, worthy and safe return of refugees, but for this must be created appropriate conditions, the main of which is a guarantee of security. However, Georgian authorities are not ready to sign a legally binding agreement on non-use of force against South Ossetia, "- he stressed.
He has also pointed out that it is said in the resolution about the Georgian refugees but nothing is mentioned about tens of thousands of Ossetians, who were expelled from Georgia only on ethnicity, who had to leave their homes in South Ossetia as a result of the Georgian aggression .
"The provision of the military presence in South Ossetia and Abkhazia transparently highlights that its developers are more interested in the idea of "international peacekeeping presence and observers on both sides", but not in the real security and stability in the region,"- said Dzhioev.
The envoy has also underlined that the idea of PACE resolution is humane, but not its wording. It was adopted on the report of Mrs. Aketoft, "I hope someone from the PACE members had a question, if she had visited South Ossetia in order to study the situation on the spot. "
"Mrs. Aketoft has not visited South Ossetia, though we were waiting for her arrival, even discussed the route and the program of the visit. And since she has not visited South Ossetia, her recommendations from the prosperous Europe look like the arguments of the "beautiful Afar "," - he said.
It should be noted that in Strasbourg at the PACE January session has been adopted today a resolution "Georgia and Russia: the humanitarian situation in the areas affected by the conflict and war."
The paper contains specific suggestions of Georgia, the Russian Federation, as well as the authorities of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
In particular, the resolution states that "the Assembly has proposed to the Government to make every effort to resolve the critical situation with providing housing for the many refugees who are ethnic Ossetians and, above all, for people fleeing the conflict in Georgia in the early 90's of the last century, as well as the conflict in August 2008. "
To do this, the Russian authorities should "take full advantage of the federal, regional and international funding, as stipulated in the previously adopted PACE resolution on internally displaced persons," the resolution said.
The Assembly also calls on the Russian authorities "to legalize the status of those who fled to Russia after the previous conflict in Georgia (at the end of the last century) and are living in hiding, and in some cases have not citizenship."
Georgian government, as stated in the resolution, should be "more focused on assuring the adequate resources for IDPs, particularly for those living in the new settlements, in order to put an end to dependency and prevent these settlements to become the IDPs ghettos ".
The Assembly also calls on the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to "speed up the hearing on the interstate case "Georgia against Russia ", which is under consideration there.
The resolution noted that "although the most significant needs of IDPs and refugees were mostly satisfied, there is a slow but steady" freezing "of the conflict, in which people's lives become a bargaining chip in a political game of the parties, which makes it difficult to address humanitarian issues."
Expressing concern about this, parliamentarians of PACE have stated that "the recent political changes in Georgia following the parliamentary elections last October have opened to all parties the ability to change a dialogue on this issue for the better."
One of the main issues, the document says, is "the right to safe and dignified return of IDPs and refugees to their homes."
The resolution also referred to the negative and the positive impact of the military presence in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
"To restore confidence and security in the long term, it is necessary a strong, impartial international presence of peacekeepers and observers on both sides, but not confrontation of the armed forces along the border" - the document says.
It has expressed concern that many of the refugees at the places of their temporary residence cannot receive education in their native language. "To improve the humanitarian situation the Assembly calls on Georgia, Russia and the de facto authorities in Sukhum and Tskhinval to fully consider and implement the recommendations adopted in 2009.
The resolution also calls on all parties to the conflict "in good faith to work on an international peacekeeping mechanism to end the highly unstable situation of confrontation of the forces in the conflict zone."
The Assembly adopted a number of amendments to the resolution made by parliamentarians of Georgia.
In particular, the text of the resolution was supplemented by the following: "To ensure the full and free access of the EU Monitoring Mission to the occupied former conflict zones."
Was also adopted another amendment of the Georgian parliamentarians - the text of the resolution was supplemented by the provision: "Large-scale Russian military presence in Abkhazia (Georgia) and South Ossetia (Georgia) is contradictory. On the one hand, it is perceived by Georgia and the majority of the international community as the occupation of the country by the neighbor country forces, and on the other hand, it is perceived by the Russian Federation and the de facto authorities of these territories as a guarantee against the recurrence of conflict. "
The Russian delegation, according to its chief executive head of the International Committee of the State Duma Alexei Pushkov, did not vote for the adoption of this resolution.
In addition, in June last year, it was agreed the arrival of Mrs. Aketoft in South Ossetia from the territory of the Russian Federation. But under the Georgian pressure it has not happened.

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