Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Tagliavini Commission's Conclusions Have Taught The European Union A Lesson - EU Special Representative

November 10, 2009 - The report of the Tagliavini Fact-Finding Commission on the conflict in Georgia “has taught the European Union a lesson", the EU special representative for the South Caucasus Peter Semneby believes.

In his opinion, "the main service of the report is that it allows us to look in the future, not the past now". "This report has given a clearer conception of what has happened. And it makes the discussions and negotiations held in Geneva easier because some problems that have complicated the negotiations until now, disappeared. Besides, this report is important as it gives us a lesson for the future - how to avoid a similar situation", Semneby emphasized in an interview to the “Kommersant” published today.

The EU special representative stressed the results of the international investigation of the August, 2008 conflict had taught the European Union a lesson too. "The EU underestimated the risks, and we could, probably, do more for the conflict prevention. Perhaps, if we had had a more considerable presence in the region before the war, it would have played the role", he emphasized.

According to the results of the international investigation under the direction of Heidi Tagliavini published on September 30 in Brussels, the war in South Ossetia in 2008 was launched by Georgia. At the same time the report accuses Russia of giving out passports to the residents of South Ossetia, use of "excessive force" for the response to the Georgian aggression, as well as conflict escalation to the territory of Georgia beyond the bounds of South Ossetia.

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