Consequences of the
war between Russia and Georgia: PACE delegation regrets refusal by de facto
authorities to meet them in Sukhumi and Tskhinvali.
17.05.2013 ‚Äď A delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
(PACE)* looking into the consequences of the 2008 war between Russia and Georgia
has deeply regretted that the de facto authorities in Tskhinvali and Sukhumi
refused to receive the delegation. The delegation has just returned from a visit
to Moscow and Tbilisi (12-15 May 2013).
‚ÄúThe readiness of the delegation to go to Sukhumi and Tskhinvali was a clear
sign that the Assembly is willing to listen to all those concerned by the
conflict. The refusal by the de facto authorities to meet with it has shown that
a similar willingness does not currently exist in Sukhumi and Tskhinvali,‚ÄĚ said
the Chairperson of PACE‚Äôs Monitoring Committee Andres Herkel (Esonia, EPP/CD),
who was leading the delegation. ‚ÄúThe delegation would be willing to visit
Sukhumi and Tskhinvali if a clear signal was sent by the de facto authorities
that they would welcome a dialogue.‚ÄĚ
In Moscow (13 May) and Tbilisi (15 May) the delegation discussed the security
situation, the humanitarian situation, access to the breakaway regions as well
as the investigations into alleged violations of humanitarian law, including war
crimes, by both sides during the war.
The delegation will present an information note to the Monitoring Committee
based on the findings of its visit.
* The delegation consisted of the Chairperson of the Monitoring Committee Andres
Herkel (Estonia, EPP/CD); the monitoring co-rapporteurs for Georgia, Michael
Aastrup Jensen (Denmark, ALDE) and Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC); and the
monitoring co-rapporteurs for Russia, Andreas Gross (Switzerland, SOC) and
Theodora Bakoyannis (Greece, EPP/CD).
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