Commentary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia in connection with the last meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council

Commentary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia in connection with the last meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council
16 November 2020 921

The last meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna became one of the most politicized events of this authoritative international organization. Some OSCE representatives continued to hang labels on the Republic of Abkhazia and create a false image of the work of the Geneva International Discussions and the positions of their participants considering the "situation in Georgia" and the "occupied regions". The representative of Great Britain also "distinguished himself", who repeated the traditional accusations against Abkhazia and extremely distortedly presented the problems of the Geneva discussions during the meeting.

In this regard, special attention should be paid to the persistent desire of the friends of Georgia in the OSCE to replace the discussion of the substantive work within the framework of the Geneva Discussions with the advancement of absurd demands against Russia. At the same time, the representatives of Western countries do not want to know on the existence of the people of the Republic of Abkhazia, which in 2008 could become the next victim of the Georgian military adventure after the people of South Ossetia. They also have no desire to accept the fact that it is the Republic of Abkhazia that is a party to the conflict with Georgia and it is with her that the existing contradictions must be resolved.

These states are trying to make Russia a party to the conflict and force it to implement some kind of "ceasefire agreement", according to which Russia supposedly should "withdraw its troops from Georgia instead of gradually moving forward along the path of ensuring the security of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which is fully consistent with the agenda of the Geneva discussions ".

Meanwhile, it is well known that the Russian Federation withdrew its troops from Georgia in pursuance of the 5-th clause of the “Six principles of settlement”, agreed upon by the Presidents of the Russian Federation and France on August 12, 2008, in the same 2008. The deployment of Russian military and border contingents in Abkhazia as well as in South Ossetia, was carried out after the recognition of the independence of the republics, on the basis of the bilateral agreements between Moscow and Sukhum and Tskhinvali, which corresponds to the norms and principles of the international law. It is this circumstance that refutes the assertions of Georgia and its partners on the "occupation of the Georgian territories" and makes attempts to present Russia as a party to the conflict absurd.

It is necessary to be aware that such attempts to substitute concepts and shift emphasis in the work of the Geneva Discussions only undermine the effectiveness of this international forum and reduce the willingness of the parties to achieve the expected result.

The Republic of Abkhazia calls on the Co-Chairs and the participants of the International Geneva Discussions to focus on the implementation of the key provision of the agenda - discussing ways to ensure durable security for Abkhazia by concluding the document on the non-use of force between the Republic of Abkhazia and Georgia.


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