PACE adopts new resolution on Georgia
PACE adopted today a new resolution concerning Georgia with the amendments prepared by the Georgian delegation. 143 MPs voted in favour of the document on the outcome of the Russia-Georgia war, while 22 voted against it.
According to the adopted text, based on a report by Tina Acketoft (Sweden, ALDE), with the exception of limited returns of internally displaced persons (IDPs) to the Gali and Akhalgori regions, the prospects for the return of displaced persons are dim. This means that durable housing solutions and the provision of livelihoods for displaced persons will continue to be a challenge for the Georgian authorities.
According to the Assembly, the daily lives of persons affected by the conflict could be improved by taking small steps, such as allowing freer access across the administrative boundary line or increasing dialogue at all levels (students, civil society, political level) to tackle ingrained distrust.
Members of the Georgian delegation including representatives of teh parliamentary majority as well as the minority who had been unanimously working on the amendments during several days seemed contented with the outcome of the document, as the greater part of their amendment was considered in it.
"There was an evident support to the Georgian statehood from our colleagues. Of course representatives of the Russian delegation made speeches, in which they reiterated their rhetoric, but in the final analysis we have received quite a normal resolution. And taking into consideration its humanitarian character, it is going to depict very important issues", Mr. Irakli Chikovani, the head of the Georgian Dream parliamentary faction of Georgia said.
"I welcome the fact, that the representatives of the new government in this delegation fully shared out attitudes and position we have been adhering for four years in this organization. And the result of this unanimity is that we have received a very good document comprising all the significant moments for the Georgian side", Mr. Davit Bakradze, the leader of the parliamentary minority of Georgia said.
The only delegation which disapproved the outcome of today`s debates and new resolution, was the Russian delegation, which rebuked the Council of Europe as well as the reporter of the debates.
"We did not vote in favour of the resolution because Abkhazia and South Ossetia are mentioned in it as Georgia`s territories. We also find the term "occupation" unacceptable. The reporter turned the resolution into a politicized one when she mentioned Abkhazia and South Ossetia as a part of Georgia", Mr. Aleksey Pushkov, the head of the parliamentary committee of international affairs of the Russian DUMA said.