The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Special Representative on the South Caucasus, Kristian Vigenin (MP, Bulgaria), will be travelling to Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia from 24-30 September for talks with government officials, parliamentary leaders and civil society representatives in each country.
The Special Representative is expected to particularly address the impact that the protracted conflicts are having on the lives of people living in the region.
“It is far too easy to get lost in the statistics of ceasefire breaches and technical movements. For the people in the region these are not abstract concepts, but impact their well-being in a real way, and I hope to bring greater attention to the real human consequences of the protracted conflicts,” said Special Representative Vigenin.
Vigenin has regularly highlighted the role that parliamentary dialogue can play in conflict resolution processes. He plans to use the opportunity of the visits to Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia to speak with a range of political actors and civil society representatives on current events including democratic developments in each of the countries.
Vigenin was appointed Special Representative in February 2016 by the President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. In his mandate, he is tasked with promoting dialogue in all segments of society, in particular at the parliamentary level, in order to encourage reconciliation and rehabilitation with regard to the protracted conflicts in the region.
This week’s visit is part of a range of activities he is undertaking in his role as Special Representative. Vigenin is a former Foreign Minister of Bulgaria and currently serves as Deputy Head of OSCE PA's Bulgarian Delegation.
The General Committee on Political Affairs and Security unanimously supported the 17-point draft resolution on “Conflict in Georgia”. The last, fourth sitting of the General Committee on Political Affairs and Security was dedicated to consideration of the supplementary items of the draft resolution.
The Committee members, except the Russian Delegation, unanimously supported the draft concerning conflicts in Georgia. The draft resolution was introduced by the Head of the Georgian Delegation, the Speaker of Georgian Parliament, Mr. David Usupashvili, speaking about the primary directions therein
The draft provides importance of enhancement of efforts for peaceful resolution of the conflict, violation of the norms of the international law by Russian Federation and disregard of Cease-Fire Agreement of August 12, 2008 by Russian Federation, current situation in terms of human rights on the occupied territories of Georgia – Abkhazia and Tskhinvali/South Ossetia and establishment of wires and bunds by Russian Occupation Forces along with the occupation line.
The only opposing position to the draft resolution was expressed by Russian Delegation. The Russian Delegation estimated the document as anti-Russian and gave the negative estimation to the facts provided in the draft concerning annexation and occupation of the part of Georgian territory. “We do not support the draft resolution as it is politically motivated and does not express the will of Abkhazian and Ossetian people”, - the member of Russian Delegation, Mr. Nikolay Kovalyov stated.
The Deputy-Head of Bulgarian Delegation, Mr. Kristian Vigenin expressed his position that despite that the document is not at the desired extent balanced, it shall be supported as along with other issues, it provides improvement of routine life people.
After consideration and taking three remarks into account, the Committee supported the document, which will be submitted to the OSCE PA plenary session.