Monday, November 11 2019 18:57
Marianna Mkrtchyan

Lavrov: Thanks to the Geneva discussions between Georgia, Abkhazia  and South Ossetia, there is no serious power surge

Lavrov: Thanks to the Geneva discussions between Georgia, Abkhazia  and South Ossetia, there is no serious power surge

ArmInfo. The adoption of a  statement on the non-use of force by the participants in the Geneva  discussions on security in the Transcaucasus will be able to  contribute to the beginning of the process of peaceful settlement in  the region. Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov said  this on November 11 in Yerevan at the Museum-Institute of Ancient  Manuscripts "Matenadaran" at a meeting with students of Armenian  universities.

"It is obvious that the general improvement of the situation would be  facilitated by the adoption of a virtually already agreed statement  by the participants in the Geneva discussions on the non-use of  force.  This would help move to a meaningful discussion of the final  peaceful political settlement of relations between Tbilisi, Sukhum  and Tskhinval," the Russian Foreign Minister expressed his  conviction.

In this context, Lavrov recalled that, thanks to the Geneva  discussions no serious power surge was observed in relations between  Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and relative stability was  maintained at the borders. "We are all interested in a friendly  external environment, in the belt of good neighborliness. And our  common interests are in the stable, safe, prosperous South Caucasus,"  Lavrov added.

The Geneva discussions on security and stability in the South  Caucasus have been regularly held since October 2008. One of the main  issues is the signing of the document on the non-use of force.  Moscow, Tskhinval and Sukhum urge Tbilisi to sign this agreement, but  Georgia, which does not recognize the independence of its former  autonomies, insists that Russia must assume the obligation not to use  force.  South Ossetia and Abkhazia emphasized that Georgia should  conclude this agreement precisely with the two republics, and not  with the Russian Federation, which is not a party to the conflict.

In October, the 49th round of the Geneva discussions on security and  stability in the Caucasus was held, which discussed the aggravation  of the situation on the border of Georgia and South Ossetia. 

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