The Russian Embassy in Abkhazia called the "black list" of Georgia another populist "duck" of Georgian demagogy

28.06.2018 14:50
The Russian Embassy in Abkhazia called the "black list" of Georgia another populist "duck" of Georgian demagogy
Commentary of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Abkhazia.

Sukhum. June 28. Apsnypress. The Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Abkhazia commented on the reasons why the representatives of Abkhazia and Russia left the working meeting that took place in the framework of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) in Gal on June 27.
 The commentary says:  "On June 26, 2018, the so-called" Otkhozoriya-Tatunashvili" list was published in Georgia, which included 33 citizens of the Republic of Abkhazia and the Republic of South Ossetia for some "transgressions" before the Georgian legislation. And the compilers of this opus did not even bother to check whether all these people are alive.
 In the modern world of various kinds of sanctions, information wars and tariff restrictions, it probably does not make sense to repeat the thesis about the total meaninglessness of attempts to use force. Moreover, on the part of the state, which suddenly imagined itself above others and managed not only to lose its integrity, but also to spoil relations with virtually all of its constituent nations and nationalities. Apparently not the best times are experienced by this state even today, continuing to spoil the already unfriendly relations with neighboring countries.
 Naturally, people in the Republic of Abkhazia are wondering what the meaning of this "list" is, why it suddenly appeared today, rather than, say, in May 2016. The new Georgian Foreign Minister, D. Zalkaliani, an experienced and well-known diplomat in certain circles, stated, for example, that "the list is aimed at curbing the lawlessness that takes place in the occupied territories" (quote on "Echo of the Caucasus" of June 27, 2018 ). He only forgot that the Georgian-Abkhazian border has been de-jure for 10 years at Ingur, and de facto much more. Accordingly, the Georgian "lists" can not be aimed at "suppressing lawlessness" anywhere, except as the territory of Georgia itself. Well, in 2012, international law professors clearly demonstrated to Mr. Zalkaliani in Geneva that the term "occupied" used by the Saakashvili regime could not be applied to the sovereign territories and the states of the Republic of Abkhazia and the Republic of South Ossetia. It is clear that the "list" has nothing to do with international law and is another populist "duck" of Georgian demagogy.
However, it is a pity that the philosophical exercises of Georgian politicians in practice can lead to the scrapping of international mechanisms verified and approved with the participation of the Georgian side. As it is known, on June 27, a regular meeting of the Joint Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) was held in Abkhazian in Gal. According to the official press release of the UN Office of June 27, 2018 (which the Georgian side shyly conceals), during the meeting the situation on the ground in the field of security was assessed as "calm and stable". All participants confirmed the importance and usefulness of the IPRM format. However, due to disagreements on one of the agenda items, the meeting in Gal "could not be completed."
   However, we learn from the Georgian media that, as the representatives of the Georgian delegation stated after the return from Abkhazia, the meeting of the IPRM was "disrupted by the initiative of the Russian and Abkhaz sides." We wonder what logic Tbilisi is guided? What is the "list" developed and presented by the Russian side? Or Abkhazian? And, oddly enough, right on the eve of the meeting in Gal.
 The case of Otkhozoriya was officially closed in the Republic of Abkhazia last year, including due to the lack of evidence submitted by Tbilisi. The formats of the Geneva discussions on security and stability in Transcaucasia and the IPRM in Gal are carried out on the basis of consensus and equal participation of all parties, in this case, primarily the Republic of Abkhazia and Georgia. The introduction of this issue by the Georgian side on the agenda has long been an obvious anachronism.

We fully share the opinion of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia that the appearance of the "list" once again demonstrated the aggressive nature of the policy of the Georgian leadership towards Abkhazia and its citizens. And if Tbilisi believes that the meeting in Gal on June 27 was thwarted, it happened just on the initiative of the new Georgian government, trying in the absence of any small successes in the socio-economic field in its country to write off all the adversities on its sovereign neighbors. This will not work.
 The Russian side is firmly committed to approved international formats of the Geneva discussions and the IPRM on the Abkhaz-Georgian border and is ready to continue the most constructive work within their framework with all partners. We expect that the long-awaited consent from Georgia for the adoption in Geneva of a statement on the non-use of force will become a real proof of, indeed, the peaceful intentions of the Georgian side.
 As for the notorious "list", we hope that all parties interested in peace and stability in the South Caucasus understand perfectly all the artificiality and politicization of its appearance under conditions of  obvious successes of the Republic of Abkhazia in building a modern democratic state and expanding circle of its international allies. A replenishment of the "list" should, of course, include the true culprits of the events of August 2008 in Transcaucasia - M. Saakashvili and his "military leaders" D. Kezerashvili, Z. Gogava and M. Kurashvili. And it's a minimum. "

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