Thursday, June 10, 2010

Georgia Mission Still Up in the Air

The chance of a new mission with international police is still far from taking place.  There are talks, but Georgia and Russia cannot agree on what is to happen.  I am not sure why Russia has a say in it as Serbia did not have much of a say about Kosovo after they were "duped" by resolution 1244 which stated that Kosovo would be a sovereign part of their country.

Anyway, back to the story at hand -

"Participants of the talks (on June 8th) from Georgia, Russia, United States, as well as from breakaway South Ossetia and Abkhazia are taking part in the discussions in an individual capacity without identifying the entities they are representing – the format agreed since the second round in November, 2008 to avoid differences on the status of negotiators, in particular of representatives from the breakaway regions...

The draft offers signing by Tbilisi, Sokhumi and Tskhinvali separate letters, addressed to the president of the UN Security Council, stating unilateral non-use of force pledges, according to the report. Russia itself refuses to sign such document, as it does not consider itself party into the conflict."  (see I told you Russia should not have a say-so)

more:   “No problem, Georgia is ready to sign it with Russia anytime, anyplace,” Vashadze said on April 19. “But Russia does not want to sign that agreement; Russia wants us to sign it with representatives of those regimes in Sokhumi and Tskhinvali and this is out of question, because of two reasons; first: their [referring to authorities in the breakaway regions] signature do not have and will not have any legitimacy, they do not exist; second: if somehow we make this mistake and sign this agreement, not with the Russian Federation, but with so called states, then we are adding to their legitimacy and we are not prepared for that.”

The whole story is here.

It looks like if you have Georgia on your mind - you may have to wait a bit.  It also looks like the whole Kosovo thing opened up a big can of worms.

Whatever you do - stay safe! 

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