Co-chairs of the Geneva discussions arrived in Tskhinval

Mon, 17/09/2018 - 16:21

The Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy of South Ossetia on the issues for post-conflict settlement, Murat Dzhioev, has received the UN, OSCE and the European Union representatives, who have arrived on the eve of the upcoming round of talks in early October.
Dzhioev, at the beginning of the meeting, has greeted the co-chairs, expressing confidence that the parties will be able to work fruitfully on the agenda of the upcoming round.
"The main task that faces us is the preparation of a legally binding document on the non-use of force. We once again expect that by joint efforts at the upcoming round we will make a step forward, " said the Envoy.
According to Dzhioev, the process of drafting a document on the non-use of force is not easy, "the positions of Georgia and South Ossetia remain far apart."
"But common sense and our common efforts, I hope, will help to ensure peace in the region and people will not be afraid of anything," Dzhioev said.
During the meeting, the South Ossetian side protested against the announcement of citizens of the Republic wanted by Interpol.
"We offer the Georgian side, and we are counting on your support here, so that Georgia will abandon the practice of discrediting South Ossetia, thus not aggravating the situation. In this case, of course, we will continue to work in the IPRM format, "Dzhioev said.
He has stressed that the South Ossetian side has repeatedly stated the importance of the IPRM format, "which promotes stability on the border."
"At the IPRM meetings we manage to resolve the problems that arise at the state border, " said the Envoy.
The new OSCE co-chair Rudolf Mikhalka is also taking part in the meeting.
The co-chairs have noted that they are ready to listen to any proposals for improving the Geneva process.
Rudolf Mikhalka, in turn, has stressed that the positions of Georgia and South Ossetia are very far away, but at the same time they are close.
"I mean that both parties are struggling for peace in their regions. But, perhaps, one of the parties lacks the desire to achieve it, so we need more cooperation. And from my experience as a diplomat, I can say that no cooperation is possible without dialogue. This land is given to you by God. And you are destined to live with such neighbors as you have - whether you like it or not. I hope that today all the parties will be able to reach a common point of view, "said Mikhalka.
The meeting continued without media representatives.
Negotiations in Geneva are held since October 2008, after the war in August 2008, and are held in two working groups dealing with security and stability issues, as well as the humanitarian ones. The main issue on the agenda for 10 years is the signing of a document on the non-use of force against South Ossetia and Abkhazia, which is not accepted because of the unconstructive position of the Georgian side.

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