Russia Warns Against Referring to Double Standardas Rhetoric in Discussing Current Situation in Caucasus

On Monday, a 8th session of the UN Human Rights Council kicked off in Geneva – a gathering that is expected to highlight an array of pressing issues, such as the human rights protection in the world’s flarepoints and the situation in the Caucasus in the wake of the Georgia-south Ossetia conflict.

The session is most likely to see the obstruction emanating from all those who had previously accused former UN Human Rights Commission of unnecessary politicization – a finger-pointing that may well be rectified in the course of the forthcoming discussions. The UN Council session will discuss the consequences of the Georgia’s recent aggression against South Ossetia – a war that left roughly 2,000 dead and thousands more wounded, displaced and stranded. The aggression also claimed lives of more than 70 Russian peacekeepers with around 170 injured and 19 more missed in action. Not to mention that the South Ossetian capital, Tshinvali was fully demolished in the midst of Tbilisi move.

Given these outrageous facts, Russia calls for refraining from double standards when evaluating the current situation in the Caucasus and the moves of all parties to the conflict. With that, Moscow signals that Georgia’s aggression is no more than a blatant human and civilian rights violation. The Kremlin also gives its green light to the discussion by the UN Council session an array of Russia retaliation moves against the aggression.

The Geneva forum will no doubt face a formidable task all the more so that Washington and some its staunch allies have unleashed a fierce propaganda war with the aim of covering the developments in a biased manner. The White House goes as far as calling Georgia an injured side to the conflict, with Russia being accused of the so-called disproportionate retaliation steps. The six-point Medvedev-Sarkozy settlement plan is also strongly twisted by Washington, which only insists on the withdrawal of Russian troops form South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The Bush administration seems to be turning a blind eye to the fact that the Saakashvili regime patently rides roughshod over a sheaf of Russo-French accords by continuing to unleash provocations against Russian peacekeepers. And it is only natural because Washington was the first to give the nod to Tbilisi actions in the Caucasus, currently continuing to re-arm the Georgian military – a move Moscow vociferously opposes.

If all these facts be grappled by the session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the gathering will certainly define the original cause of the Caucasian conflict, clouded by the wide-sale human rights violations with respect to South Ossetian civilians and Russian peacekeepers. By moving to label Georgia as an aggressor, the UN Human Rights Council will no doubt display its lack of bias and political objectiveness – something that is all but sure to boost the Council’s political clout in the immediate future.

[Source: The Voice of Russia, Geneva, 08Sep08]

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