Negotiation format in Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia


Decisions of Russian President and State Duma on Georgia’s conflict regions endanger Georgia’s sovereignty. These actions, literally aimed at annexation of breakaway regions, irreversibly changed the status quo which sustained during the past decade. Subsequently existing negotiation formats are not relevant any more. One is obvious: peaceful, political resolution of the conflicts can only be achieved by outstanding effort of international community and all-inclusive political negotiations.

Government of Georgia remains committed to the peaceful resolution of conflicts through direct, unconditional political negotiations. It is based on achieving:

a. Political and economical self-governance, preservation of national identity and cultural rights for the region;

b. protection of individual human rights for every citizen, permanently residing in the region;

c. integrity and inviolability of Georgian state;

Joint Control Commission (JCC) – failed and outdated framework

JCC set up - 3 vs. 1, makes the format non-functional. Decisions adopted by JCC throughout the years are disregarded, sabotaged and manipulated by JCC “majority”. JCC failed to become a framework for achieving political resolution.

Selective performance and non-fulfillment of mandate by the Russian military contingent, dominant force in JPKF, makes it impossible to accomplish major peacekeeping goal and to set the precondition for the success of the peace process – creation of safe, demilitarized, and secure environment.

Future Negotiation Formats:

From the outset, conflict settlement can not be achieved if all political and societal segments of society are not represented at the negotiation table. Political and socio – economical landscape in Tskhinvali Region / South Ossetia is characterized by cumulatively emerging new political forces. Therefore political negotiations format deserves appropriate adjustment, as distinguished:

2 – Georgia and Russian Federation


2 – Sanakoev’s Administration and de facto Tskhinvali authorities


2 – OSCE and European Union

Citing on special value of incorporating Georgia’s Western partners in the processes of confidence building and socio-economical rehabilitation, as well as security sector development and introduction of modern and functioning self governance, inclusion of OSCE and European Union (through European Commission) in political negotiations’ format is pivotal.

Russia maintains dominant leverage on de facto authorities in Tskhinvali. We acknowledge Russia’s role and importance of their direct involvement in negotiations on conflict resolution.

(March 2008)