Russian Peacekeepers in Abkhazia Should Be Replaced With Intl Police Force
Georgian State Reintegration Minister Temur Yakobashvili said Georgia will only sign a treaty on the non-resumption of fire if Russian peacekeepers leave the conflict area in Abkhazia and are replaced with an international police force.
Non-resumption of fire in Abkhazia should be guaranteed by European organizations, including NATO, not by Russia, Yakobashvili told reporters on Wednesday.
Russia's envoy to the UN Vitaly Churkin has recently said that negotiations between Georgia and Abkhazia can take place only if the parties sign a treaty on the non-resumption of fire in the conflict area.
Georgian parliament Speaker David Bakradze told reporters while commenting on Churkin's statement on Wednesday that Russia has no right to manipulate the UN to achieve its goals.
"The UN is the organization in which Georgia has demanded a peaceful settlement in Abkhazia over the course of many years, within the framework of which over thirty resolutions on the unconditional return of all refugees to Abkhazia were passed, and therefore the Russian Federation should not use the format and reputation of the UN to secure its interests," said Bakradze.
Commenting on the withdrawal of the Russian railway troops from Abkhazia, Bakradze said: "Both the bringing of the Russian railway troops and their withdrawal in this form are illegal, and therefore they cannot be regarded as a manifestation of good will and an attempt to relieve the tension."
[Source: Interfax, Tblisi, 30Jul08]
The Question of South Ossetia
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