PROTOCOL OF THE FOURTH (SECOND SPECIAL) SESSION OF THE COORDINATING COUNCIL OF THE GEORGIAN AND ABKHAZIAN SIDES

The fourth (second special) session of the Coordinating Council set up based on the final declaration of the meeting of the Georgian and Abkhazian sides (Geneva, 17-19 November 1997) was held on the demand of the Abkhazian and Georgian sides in Tbilisi on 22 May 1998 under the auspices of the United Nations, chaired by the UN Secretary Generalís Special Representative Mr. Liviu Bota.

The Georgian side was represented by the delegation comprising Mr. Vazha Lordkipanidze, Mr. Revaz Adamia, and Mr. Tamaz Khubua.

The Abkhazian side was represented by the delegation comprising Mr. Tamaz Ketsba, Mr. Victor Khashba and Mr. Otar Kakalia.

Opening the session, the UN Secretary Generalís Special Representative Mr. Liviu Bota noted that in connection with the developments that have taken place in Gali District lately, the Abkhazian and Georgian sides had appealed to him with the request to convoke a special session of the Coordination Council. Taking into account that both sides refer to the same developments, both letters were included on the agenda on the first-received basis.

The following agenda were adopted:

1.Letter to the UN Secretary Generalís Special Representative from the head of the Abkhazian delegation;

2. Letter to the UN Secretary Generalís Special Representative from the head of the Georgian delegation;

3. Implementation of the decisions of the first special session of the Coordination Council as of 22 January 1998 on elaboration of a mechanism, in which representatives of the sides, UNOMIG and/or CIS CPKF could participate in order to investigate and prevent facts violating the Moscow Agreement on Cease-fire and Separation of Forces, subversive and terrorist acts carried out in the conflict zone.

The sequence of heads of the Abkhazian and Georgian delegations taking floor was based on the sequence their letters were received.

Representatives of the Russian Federation participated in the work of the session as a facilitating side, of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the countries, of members of the UN Secretary Generalís group of friends: France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States, as observers.

The UN Secretary-Generalís Special Representative and representatives of the Russian Federation participating in the work of the session as a facilitating side, of members of the UN Secretary Generalís group of friends, and of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) called on the sides to abstain from all actions able to aggravate the situation and take immediate effective measures aimed at improving it. They also urged the sides to do all they can to support the peace process and demonstrate necessary political will to achieve concrete results in the key issues of settlement.

The Council made the following decision:

1. To take measures aimed at stopping the armed opposition in Gali District. The Georgian side pressed for the purpose for immediate withdrawal from Gali District of the additional forces deployed there by the Abkhazian side. The Abkhazian side pressed the Georgian side for cessation of the subversive and terrorist activities in Gali District, withdrawal from there of the armed groups that penetrated into this district from outside Abkhazia;

2. The UN Secretary Generalís Special Representative should hold as soon as possible consultations aimed at implementing decisions of the first special session of the Coordination Council on 22 January 1998 on creation of a mechanism, in which representatives of the sides, UNOMIG and/or CIS CPKF could participate in order to investigate and prevent facts violating the Moscow Agreement on Cease-fire and Separation of Forces, subversive and terrorist acts carried out in the conflict zone; submit a report on the results of these consultations at the forthcoming Geneva meeting and elaborate related recommendations.

3. The sides will abstain from making steps able to lead to aggravation of the situation in the conflict zone and take practical steps for the progress of the peace process and guaranteeing security in the conflict zone.

V. Lordkipanidze, T. Ketsba, L. Bota

22 May 1998

(Abkhaz Issue in Official Documents, Legislative and Executive organs of Georgia, International Organizations, 1989-1999, part II, 1995-1999; authors: Vakhtang Kholbaia, Teimuraz Chakhrakia, Rafiel Gelantia, David Latsuzbaia, Tb., 2000, p.206-208 /in Georgan)