Wednesday, April 28, 2010

War between Georgia and Russia: ‘everyone has lost’, dialogue now the only way forward

“There are no winners and losers in this conflict: everyone has lost,” said Ambassador Heidi Tagliavini, summarising her fact-finding report on the 2008 conflict in Georgia during a current affairs debate. “All parties to the conflict failed, there were terrible violations of humanitarian and human rights law, and both the threat and use of force have returned to European politics.” Dialogue at all levels was the only way forward, she said.

Co-rapporteur on the conflict Mátyás Eörsi (Hungary, ALDE) agreed that Georgia, Russia and the separatist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia were all losers from the conflict, but declared: “Europe can never approve a new Yalta.”

The other co-rapporteur on the conflict David Wilshire (United Kingdom, EDG) said Europe risked finding itself with yet another frozen conflict. “PACE can only offer one thing: dialogue – dialogue to start confidence-building, dialogue to build trust,” he said.

Press Release: PACE. Published on 28 April 2010

Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia

Volume I

The Conflict in Georgia in August 2008
List of the Mission’s Main Visits and Meetings

Volume II

Chapter 1: Historical Background and International Environment
Chapter 2: Conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia: Peace Efforts 1991 – 2008
Chapter 3: Related Legal Issues
Chapter 4: The Conflict: Views of the Sides
Chapter 5: Military Events of 2008
Chapter 6: Use of Force
Chapter 7: International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law
Chapter 8: Back to Diplomacy

Volume III

Material received from the sides to the conflict and other sources

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