Apr 23, 2013

Abkhazia: Russia Demands Access To PACE Work


The Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has demanded that Abkhazia gains access to work in the Assembly. 

Below is an article published by Vestnik Kavkaza:

The Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has demanded that Abkhazia and South Ossetia gain access to work in the Assembly along with Kosovo, the chairman of the Duma Committee on CIS Affairs and Relations with Compatriots, the deputy head of the Russian delegation Leonid Slutsky, announced today.

"The Russian delegation demands Abkhazia and South Ossetia be given the same rights as Kosovo," Slutsky said, speaking at the PACE.

Slutsky said that in 2009, the PACE adopted Resolution 1647 "On the war between Russia and Georgia", which dealt with the dialogue with the representatives of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as part of a special committee of the Bureau.

"This decision has not been enforced. Dialogue has not started until the present time ... Why does Kosovo have preferences, but these two countries do not, why were they not supported at the same level as the representatives of Kosovo?" Slutsky is quoted by RIA Novosti.

Earlier, the PACE Bureau decided to provide Kosovo parliamentarians with an opportunity to work in the committees of PACE and attend the plenary session of the Assembly without voting rights.