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Stanislav Lakoba: UN last report has to be changed but gist and content remained the same

Stanislav Lakoba

SUKHUM -- The Secretary of the Security Council of Abkhazia Stanislav Lakoba considers that the form of the report of the Secretary General of the United Nations (from May 18, 2009) has to some extent changed but the gist and content has remained the same. Stanislav Lakoba told "Apsnypress" about it, commenting on Ban Ki-moon's report on the eve of the UN Security Council session.

"The fact that earlier the report of the Secretary General of the United Nations has been called "On the situation in Georgia, Abkhazia" and now differently "Report of the Secretary General persuant to the Security Council resolutions 1808 (2008), 1839 (2008), 1866 (2009)" is presented as a positive occurence. Formally such is the case. However the resolutions which the report refers to, mention territorial integrity of Georgia. These resolutions also contain a reference to the Moscow Agreement on cease-fire and separation of forces from May 14, 1994, what is, basically, a nonsense because the situation has changed completely and it doesn't fit in a new reality. So in this respect there are few changes", Lakoba remarked.

According to the Secretary of the Security Council of the country, "now there comes the moment of the truth for Abkhazia". "If references to these resolutions remain, Abkhazia from the legal point of view will be a part of Georgia for another 15-20 years, no matter which veiled way it will be presented. In this case we'd better refuse the United Nations mission. We cannot seek it at any cost what has been repeatedly declared by the leadership of Abkhazia. And it is not favourable for the Russian Federation after a recognition of Abkhazia to support resolutions of the UN Security Council which recognize territorial integrity of Georgia this or that way", the Secretary of the Security Council underlined.

"By the way on June 5 in Sukhum the special representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations Johan Verbeke as a matter of fact stated that the question is whether the United Nations Mission to be or not to be is now solving", Lakoba remarked. In his opinion, it is possible to call anyhow "United Nations Stabilization Mission", or simply "United Nations Mission" but if there is no concrete name and again there are references to these resolutions which mention integrity of Georgia then there is no sense in extention of such a mission on the territory of Abkhazia.

"From the legal point of view, whatever it (Mission) was called, it will all the same remain the Mission in Georgia though, let us assume, the name doesn't contain this. We cannot agree on this. We cannot leave to our children and grandchildren such important a problem for another decades because, nobody knows what will happen, when the situation changes, and we will be told we were not against these documents", Lakoba said.

That's why, according to Lakoba, Abkhazia "expects the Security Council session and adoption of a new resolution on June 15 with big circumspection".

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