About the 50-th round of the Geneva discussions

About the 50-th round of the Geneva discussions
12 December 2019 691

On December 10-11, 2019, the 50th round of the Geneva International Discussions on Security and Stability in the Transcaucasus took place, in which representatives of the Republic of Abkhazia, the Republic of South Ossetia, Georgia, the Russian Federation and the United States co-chaired by the UN, OSCE and the EU.

The delegation of the Republic of Abkhazia, headed by Daur Kove, the Minister of Foreign Affairs includes Irakli Tuzhba, Deputy Foreign Minister, Lasha Avidzba and Arthur Gagulia. employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia

Opening the session of the next round of the MID, the Co-Chairs expressed serious concern about the continued escalation of tension on the border with South Ossetia and the absence of any serious prospects for rapprochement of the positions of participants on many key issues on the agenda. They also called on all participants to demonstrate a constructive approach and take joint action to resolve existing problems.

At the same time, in their speeches, the Co-Chairs noted that the situation in the Galsky district of Abkhazia remains stable and safe. The positive dynamics of resolving issues related to obtaining identification documents for residents of the Galsky district was also noted.

The Abkhaz side confirmed its readiness to carry out work on all key issues on the agenda and made some proposals for their possible solution. Unfortunately, the proposals of the Abkhaz side aimed at resolving of humanitarian problems have not received a proper response from the representatives of Georgia and have remained unresolved for many years.

In turn, the Russian delegation emphasized the importance of continuing of the work of the MID, which for many years have contributed to maintaining peace and stability in the Caucasus.

The delegations of Russia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia proposed focusing on the development and approval of a joint document on international guarantees of the non-use of force. Unfortunately, work in this direction is completely blocked as a result of the destructive position of the representatives of Georgia and the United States, who categorically refuse to discuss any aspects of this document.

The next round of MID is scheduled for March 31 - April 1, 2020.

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