A forward-looking approach: the co-chairs supported progress in the Geneva process

Mon, 17/09/2018 - 17:19

The OSCE, UN and EU Co-Chairs commented at the briefing in Tskhinval on the recent failure of the meeting in the format of the Incidentы Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM), and shared their vision for improving the format of the Geneva discussions, which will be 10 years in October.

"Our task is to bring new ideas to the IPRM format, we also call on all parties to be flexible in their decisions, to make compromises," said the OSCE Co-Chair Rudolf Mikhalka. - Unfortunately, the meeting, which was to take place recently in Ergneti, was postponed to a later date, which is still unknown. We hope that in the near future this date will be known for the benefit of all the parties. "
The main task of the co-chairs, according to Mikhalka, is to listen to all the parties and identify proposals that can be constructive, decisive.

The UN co-chairperson Jihan Sultan expressed her hope for fruitful work within the framework of the Geneva process.
"I want to reiterate the position of the Secretary General of the United Nations, who insists that all parties in the format should develop a forward-looking approach," she said. "We are making great efforts to this process, and we hope for good results."

The Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy of South Ossetia for post-conflict settlement, Murat Dzhioev, has noted that the Georgian side within the framework of the IPRM politicizes a number of issues.
"Participants from the Georgian side put on the IPRM agenda the issues that are not directly related to the existing mechanism, that happened at the disrupted meeting in Ergneti due to the Georgian side," DZHioev said. - On the eve of the meeting, the information emerged that the Georgian authorities, through the Interpol, filed for international search of two of our citizens for absolutely false accusations. Against this background, of course, we could not continue the conversation. "

Touching upon the work of the Geneva discussions, Dzhioev has noted that their main task is to ensure the security of South Ossetia and Abkhazia by Georgia.
"Our main goal is to prepare a document on the non-use of force of Georgia against South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Unfortunately, the work on this document is being delayed, "Dzhioev stressed. "For several years we have been preparing a joint statement of the participants on the non-use of force, and have not reached consensus yet."

At the same time, the diplomat noted the importance of the work within the framework of the Geneva discussions.
"This is an important international format, where South Ossetia can state its position," the Plenipotentiary said. "We will continue working in this format in order to work out a document that will oblige Georgia not to use force against our people."

The OSCEand the UN representatives Rudolf Mikhalka and Dzihan Sultanoglu for the first time took part in the meeting.

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