Twenty third round of Geneva talks held

Thu 28 Mar 2013 03:16 GMT | 07:16 Local Time

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'Hopes about fruitful round of talks, unfortunately, have not been materialized again.'

No progress has been reported by negotiators after the twenty third round of Geneva talks on March 27 with participants agreeing to hold next round of talks, launched following the August 2008 war, after three months.
Talks, known as Geneva International Discussions, are co-chaired by representatives from EU, UN and OSCE and involve negotiators, or as they are formally called “participants”, from Georgia, Russia and the United States, as well as from Sokhumi and Tskhinvali.
After this recent round on March 26-27, co-chairs from EU, UN and OSCE said in their joint press statement that participants of the discussions “welcomed continuing stability and calm” on the ground; they also said that the participants agreed to continue working on a revised draft of “statement of the Geneva International Discussions on non-use of force”, proposed by the co-chairs. Non-use of force and international security arrangement remain one of the central issues discussed during the Geneva talks.
Davit Zalkaliani, first deputy foreign minister, who led the Georgian team at Geneva talks for the first time, said that discussions were held in “business-like” atmosphere. He, however, said on non-use of force issue that “different positions that each side held before today’s session, remain unchanged.”
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Grigory Karasin, told RIA Novosti news agency after the talks: “Hopes about fruitful round [of talks], unfortunately, have not been materialized again.”

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