Unresolved issues and a gender perspective: a dialogue between Bibilov and the Co-Chairs of the Geneva Discussions


South Ossetia has no doubts that the co-chairs of the Geneva discussions on security in Transcaucasia want to do everything possible to keep the border between South Ossetia and Georgia calm. President of the Republic Anatoly Bibilov announced this on Thursday at the meeting with the EU, UN and OSCE co-chairs, who had arrived in Tskhinval to discuss the agenda of the upcoming round in Geneva with their South Ossetian colleagues.

“We see your position. It's another matter whether there is a solution to problematic issues. The main issues of the Geneva discussions remain unresolved: the signing of a document on the non-use of force, clarification of the fate of the missing and Tsnelis,” the head of state said.

On the fate of the missing, the President said that "South Ossetia has taken all the necessary steps to find them, but there are no any steps from Georgia."

“If the reason lies in South Ossetia, then let them voice it,” Bibilov said.

The OSCE Co-Chair Annika Seder has stressed that the Geneva format allows working on these issues.

“The co-chairs voiced the initiatives on the non-use of force. I believe that the informal meetings in support of the Geneva Process contribute to the advancement of unresolved issues,” she said.

Seder said that Tbilisi had done a lot of work in search of the missing three young residents of South Ossetia: the co-chairs are cooperating with the Prosecutor General of Georgia, and the interdepartmental commission was organized in Tbilisi to search for the missing.

“According to our information, on the agenda of the Commission is the question of clarifying the fate of young guys, as well as the situation of Tsnelis-Chorchana. I believe that each participant should be focused on resolving the issues,” explained the co-chair.

The OSCE representative has added that men and women perceive the consequences of the conflict differently, and this issue will still be discussed.

Anatoly Bibilov expressed confidence that "both men and women want only peace".

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