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Comment of the information department of the MFA on the statement of the MFA of Georgia on the 13th Geneva Discussions.

The statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia summarizing results of the 13th Geneva Discussions has distorted the facts and tried to mislead the international public. The goal of the Georgian position is not to solve concrete problems of the stability and security in the region but to sustain the Geneva Discussions. Georgia has ignored the initiative of the South Ossetian delegation to implement the return of the residents of Leningor region in the context of the internationally accepted norms. As a respond to this constructive offer, Georgian delegation has provocatively left the meeting. Georgian authorities are more concerned of manipulating the problems for getting the desired political results rather than the refugees’ destiny.

Georgia is still refusing to sign non-use of force agreement with Abkhazia and South Ossetia and it questions the international effectiveness offered by the co-chairs of the Geneva Discussions. While rejecting to sign the non-use of forces agreement Georgia at the same time falsely declares that some participants are refusing to discuss the security arrangements in the region.

The Georgian MFA appeal to observe the rights of all detained persons looks cynical. Abkhazian side always provides true information regarding the Georgian prisoners and, moreover, transfers them to the Georgian side with international facilitation. At the time of the abovementioned Georgian statement, the destiny Abkhazian citizens David Sigua and Garry Djopua who were kidnapped by Georgian Special Forces is still unknown. Though Western community is widely presented in Georgia, the International observers have no access to the Georgian secret prisons where numbers of many innocent people are disappearing. This problem was clearly described in the recent report of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe Mr. Thomas Hammarberg on the 29th of September 2010.

We characterize Georgian actions as provocative and hypocritical. Abkhazian side once again demands that immediate admission, to the secret prisons where Abkhazian and South Ossetian citizens are held, should be given to the representatives of the international organizations.

The statement of the MFA of Georgia once again reflects the non-constructive political discourse of the Georgian authorities towards Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Sukhum 18/10/2010

Source: MFA Abkhazia

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