"We are for
continuation of the UN observers work in Georgia and in Abkhazia.
Certainly, it can be done only on the basis of the new realities
which developed after South Ossetia and Abkhazia have become
independent states as a result of the adventure which have been
undertaken by Mister Saakashvili, Lavrov said Wednesday at a
press conference following the negotiations with the head of the
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
Lavrov mentioned that Abkhazia and South Ossetia are not against
the fact that international observers would work in their
territory. "It is only necessary to follow pragmatic
considerations which, first of all, put stabilization of the
situation in this region on the top of the list and which assign
primary importance to the interests of the people who live there",
the Russian Minister said.
According to him, if to follow these considerations it is possible
to achieve arrangements in the United Nations Security Council on
a new mandate of the UN mission "literally tomorrow" which can
work normally and effectively on either side of the border.
"If to follow the same considerations humanitarian ones, those
of strengthening stability, the same arrangement can be achieved
in OSCE with regard to work of this organizations observers in
South Ossetia", the head of the Russian Ministry for Foreign
He underlined that if to follow geopolitical interests and to
assign primary importance to necessity to again "appeal to
territorial integrity of Georgia in its former borders which have
been crushed by Mister Saakashvili himself nothing will come out
"It is another virtual a project which has nothing to do with the
new reality, and the project which will not be accepted by neither
South Ossetians, nor Abkhaz and which will not be supported by
Russia", Lavrov said, having underlined once again that there are
already all the conditions for the United Nations work in Abkhazia
and that of OSCE in South Ossetia, it is only necessary not to
politicize this problem.