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U.S. and EU not agree for peace in South Caucasus (08.11.11)

Secretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia Grigory Karasin said that during consultations the U.S. and the EU were not able to give an unambiguous answer for Russia’s proposal to act together as guarantors of agreements on nonuse of force between Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

"We believe that joining of the U.S. and the EU in support of such obligations would sober the Georgian leadership from aggressive plans. Today we have not any well-defined response from our partners. Let’s hope that this reaction will be constructive. In the course of consultations the Russian side explained in detail our new initiatives and how such guarantees could be broader than just arrangements. First, they imply nonuse of force by the guarantor countries themselves, and secondly: responsible monitoring at the regional level," Karasin said.

Abkhazia and South Ossetia have voiced their consent with this initiative, while the Georgian representative was against it. The next round of talks is scheduled for mid-December 2011. Regardless of its outcome, the U.S. and the EU are missing the opportunity of lasting peace in the region.