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Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the 15th round of the Geneva Discussions

Fifteenth round of the Geneva talks was held on March 4, 2011 where the issues of security and stability in Georgia's occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions and the safe and dignified return of the IDPs and refugees to the places of their habitual residence were discussed. Meetings of the two working groups were held, in which participants took part in an individual capacity. Deliberations were moderated by the UN, EU and OSCE and attended by the participants from Georgia, Russian Federation and the United States. Head of the provisional administration of the former South Ossetian Autonomous District Mr. Dimitri Sanakoev and the Chairman of the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia Mr. Giorgi Baramia took part in the fifteenth round of the Geneva talks. Representatives of the proxy regimes from Tskhinvali and Sokhumi also participated in the working groups.

During the fifteenth round the Georgian side raised the issues announced in the Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, made on March 2, 2011. Despite the calls from the participants from Tbilisi and the Co-Chairs, the Russian Federation yet again refused to undertake the obligation not to use force against Georgia, thus reciprocating the unilateral non-use of force obligation undertaken by the President of Georgia. Georgian side again raised the necessity for the de-occupation of the country and full withdrawal of the Russian troops from the occupied regins in accordance with Russia's cease-fire obligation. In a well-known fashion, the representatives from Moscow once again negated their obligations under the August 12 cease-fire agreement. No progress was observed in the Second Working group either, where the continuous requests of the participants from Tbilisi to agree to the principles regulating safe and dignified return of the IDPs to their homes, were met with outright rejection from Moscow and its clients.

Despite the lack of progress in the fifteenth round of the Geneva Discussions, Georgian side continues to hope that some positive steps, related to the gradual establishment of international security arrangements on the ground and implementation of the relevant confidence and security building measures could be taken during the forthcoming sessions. Such issues, as the freedom of movement across the occupation line, go-and-see and come-and-see visits, protection of human rights in the occupied territories, preservation of the cultural heritage, as well as full utilization of the IPRMs could be agreed to in Geneva and concrete decisions benefiting the concerned populations could be taken. Georgia highly appreciates the efforts of the co-chairs aimed at finding solutions to these issues and hopes that as a result of a concerted action from all participants the progress on these items could be further consolidated.

The Georgian side believes that further progress should be achieved with regard to the release of the persons illegally detained for crossing the administrative boundary line. Limited progress achieved in this field last week, was marred by the recent detentions undertaken by the Russian FSB border guards illegally deployed along the occupation line. It is imperative that all detained persons are released immediately and without preconditions, as called for on numerous occasions by various international organizations.

Participants agreed to hold the 16th round of Geneva talks on 7 June, 2011.


Tbilisi, 4 March 2011



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