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Nogovitsin: Georgia Has No Right to Peacekeeping

21.08.2008 15:52

According to Colonel-General Anatoly Nogovitsin, Deputy Chief of the Russian General Staff, it is expected to deploy additional checkpoints of peacekeepers in Abkhazia. “In the Abkhazian sector the Russian peacekeeping contingent continues to fulfill its duties in the zone of responsibility. In order to provide for security of the civil population it is expected in the nearest future to deploy several additional checkpoints of peacekeepers”.

According to him, the situation in the zone of Georgian-Ossetian conflict remains complicated.

The Deputy Chief of the Russian General Staff said that Georgia has lost the right to participate in the peacekeeping operation in the zone of Georgian-Ossetian conflict.

"Only Russian Armed Forces today have the right to fulfill the peacekeeping mission in this area of responsibility since they carefully and precisely fulfilled the agreements of 1992. Georgia in fact has upset this status, and in our opinion has no right to fulfill the peacekeeping mission within this zone of responsibility”, Nogovitsin said to journalists at a press-conference in RIA Novosti.

Anatoly Nogovitsin pointed out that in this connection “any areal vehicles of other identities should fulfill their tasks and make flights over the Russian zone of responsibility only by the permission of the Russian side”.

The Deputy Chief of the Russian General Staff claimed that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (ESCE) was aware of the date of Georgian attack on South Ossetia but did not advise the Russian peacekeepers on it. He emphasized that this circumstance makes us to come to certain conclusions.

At the same time he noted that the Russian side is not going to make obstacles for representatives of international organizations in the zone of Georgian-Ossetian conflict within the territory controlled by the Russian peacekeepers but their trips should be agreed upon with use. “There are international rules, and we obey them. As for the control functions, which will be fulfilled within the limits of responsibility of the Russian peacekeepers…Our activities will be transparent”.