On Georgia, Behind the UN's Word
Games, Russia Bases Approach, What Will Obama Do?
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
NATIONS, February 13 -- As
the Security Council on Friday passed a resolution concerning the UN
Mission in Abkhazia, Georgian diplomats were worried. This is another
told Inner City Press, to a loss of sovereignty. Inner City Press asked
Georgia's Ambassador on-camera how the resolution impacts territorial
integrity, and about the military bases Russia has said that it plans
Ossetia and Abkhazia. He replied that would be a "brutal breach" of
law, and that Russia has been "rebuked." Video
from Minute 2:46.
Russia's Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, next up, called
Abkhazia a sovereign
state which can make agreements to allow bases from any country it
City Press asked him about Georgia's territorial integrity. Churkin
that "some colleagues will interpret elements of the resolution" as
supporting Georgia's claim, but noted that there is "no reference" to
territorial integrity in the resolution. Video here,
from Minute 6:38. Inner City Press also
asked why the foreign
minister of Abkhazia had not come to the Council. He didn't ask,
As predicted, the UK's John Sawers emerged and
pointed at parts of the
resolution he said support Georgia's continued claim. Inner City Press
about Russia's planned bases, is it true the UK rebukes them? Video here,
Minute 1:49. Sawyer replied that the UK supports the territorial
Georgia, and so bases could only legal go there with Georgia's consent.
That consent will not be given, while Russian bases
seem more and more
Russia's Churkin, UK's Sawers waits, clashing not
Inner City Press asked the Georgian Ambassador if with the new U.S.
Administration saying it wants to get along better with Russia, things
just keep sliding away. He replied that Georgia and the U.S. share
Georgian territorial integrity is one of these values.
might it implicitly be traded away for fewer Russian missiles, or
continued use of Kyrgyzstan?
on another matter, some interpreted the lack of a sound system during
the Abkhazia stakeout, and the banging and clashing sounds from just
outside, as a sign of the low place the issue now has on the UN's
agenda. But it may just be that the outside contractor which runs UN TV
is cutting corners, storing furniture from other closed-down offices
inside the UN, moving to terminate long-time sound men, and no longer
providing a boom microphone at the stakeout, except when the U.S.
speaks. That's what some are saying.
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