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On June 29-30, Geneva hosted the 53rd round of the International Geneva Discussions on Security and Stability in the Transcaucasus with the participation of representatives of the Republic of Abkhazia, Georgia, the Republic of South Ossetia, the Russian Federation and the United States under the co-chairmanship of the European Union, UN and OSCE. The Russian delegation was headed by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs A.Yu. Rudenko.

A unified approach to assessing the Geneva Discussions as a demanded negotiating platform for maintaining a direct dialogue between Georgia and Abkhazia and South Ossetia was reaffirmed.

As part of the discussion of the current issues on the agenda, the Russian, Abkhazian and South Ossetian delegations focused their priority attention on the main topic of the Geneva discussions related to ensuring reliable security in the South Caucasus. The solution of this key task, in the opinion of Russia and its allies, is only possible if a legally binding agreement on the non-use of force is concluded between Tbilisi, on the one hand, and Sukhum and Tskhinvali, on the other. The relevance of this document is growing against the background of specific actions by the United States and NATO on the military “development” of the territory of Georgia and the Black Sea basin, which is eloquently evidenced by the results of the recent NATO summit in Brussels, the NATO naval exercise in the Black Sea Sea Breeze. “.

The participants in the Geneva Discussions agreed that the situation in the Georgian-Abkhaz and Georgian-South Ossetian borderlands remains generally stable. Moscow, Sukhum and Tskhinvali proceed from the need to further build up efforts to strengthen security “on the ground.” An early start of the process of delimiting the borders of Georgia with Abkhazia and South Ossetia with their subsequent demarcation could really promote cooperation in this important direction.

The Russian, Abkhazian and South Ossetian sides noted the counterproductiveness of Tbilisi’s confrontational line, which impedes progressive work, including in the humanitarian group. On the eve of the round, Georgia once again submitted to the UN General Assembly an openly politicized resolution on internally displaced persons and refugees. In the conditions when the representatives of Abkhazia and South Ossetia are still deprived of the right to present their point of view in New York on this matter, the discussion of this problem in the Geneva format again turned out to be impossible.

An agreement was reached to hold the next round of Geneva discussions in mid-October this year.

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