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The Russian peacekeepers “are playing an important role in the effort to settle the Georgia-South Ossetia conflict”
The Russian peacekeepers “are playing an important role in the effort to settle the Georgia-South Ossetia conflict”, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated on Wednesday, commenting on the resolution of the Georgian parliament, which assesses most negatively the role played by the peacemaking forces, now deployed in Abkhazia and in the former South-Ossetian Autonomous District of Georgia. “The peacekeepers are working in keeping with the mandate, which they got from the Commonwealth of Independent States and which the United Nations had approved,” the Russian minister stated. “Not sparing their lives, the peacekeepers, some sixty of whom had lost their lives in the course of the conflicts, are continuing to prevent new bloodsheds,” Lavrov stressed. “Today, there should be no sharp motions and efforts should be made to build up trust between the sides” involved in the Georgia- South-Ossetia conflict. “We are taking steps to help the sides concerned and to lay the foundation for the complete settlement of the conflicts,” he added. “Our actions have resulted in the resumption of railway traffic and efforts are being made to repatriate the refugees”. “These positive accomplishments do not suit those who are in favour of continuing the conflicts,” Lavrov stressed. At the same time, Lavrov noted that he had not “yet seen the text of the resolution”. The parliament of Georgia unanimously passed a resolution “On the Situation in the Conflict Regions of Georgia and the Peacekeeping Operations There”. The document claims that “Russia is playing a certain role in the attempts to provoke, conserve and leave the conflicts unsettled, although it is a country, which bears official responsibility for their settlement”. The resolution contains “a sharply negative assessment of the work of the peacemaking forces, deployed in Abkhazia and in the former South-Ossetian Autonomous District” of Georgia. The parliament authorised the Georgian government to “step up the talks with Russia, with the international organisations and the countries concerned, with a view to achieving a complete and unswerving implementation of the commitments, assumed by the peacemaking forces in Tskhinvali District and in the zone of the Abkhazian conflict”. The parliament is determined to demand the withdrawal next year of all the peacemakers from the conflict zones “if their work proves negative”.
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