MPs to vote for action on displaced persons in Georgia
The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will vote today for a resolution calling on OSCE participating States to support the safe and dignified return of IDPs within Georgia and its occupied territories. The committe for political issues passed the document yesterday. Only Russia voted against it.
The resolution that has been debated at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly`s Annual Session in Monaco on 5-9 July, also calls for the re-opening of the OSCE Mission to Georgia and the granting of the European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM) unimpeded access to Georgia’s occupied territories.
The resolution has been p0ut forward by Polish MP Michal Szczerba.
The resolution, co-sponsored by 36 parliamentarians from 9 different countries, reiterates many of the objectives of the Geneva Discussions but puts specific emphasis on the repatriation of internally displaced persons and granting EUMM access to the regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in Georgia.
Parliamentarians from across the 56 OSCE countries will vote on the resolution and declaration in Monaco.
U.S. Senator John McCain also arrived in Monaco to attend the debates over teh resolution. He reiterated his support for Georgia and stressed significance of supplying the country with necessary for it defensive weapons.