Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russia, Georgia to resume talks amid intensifying tension

Posted by Info on 01/07/2009

30 June 2009

GENEVA – Georgia and Russia are set to meet Wednesday in Geneva for the sixth time since last October in a bid to find an accord on security arrangements, amid growing tensions following their war last year.

Just two days before the talks were due to begin, Russia started its biggest military exercises involving 8,500 troops in the Caucasus since its war with Georgia last August.

Russia is also opposed to renewing the mandate of the OSCE and UN’s missions in the conflict zones.

The mandate of the first OSCE mission in Georgia expired on December 31, while the second ended on Tuesday.

Russia has also vetoed a draft resolution aimed at extending the UN mission in Georgia (MONUG) deployed in Abkhazia since a conflict in 1993.

Instead, Moscow has proposed a new pan-European security agency, which has left Western countries skeptical.

“We didn’t expect such an extreme position from the Russians, notably on the role of the United Nations. It’s not really a good sign for the stability in the region,” said the diplomat.

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