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Civil.ge: Germany Calls for International Probe into Russo-Georgian Armed Conflict

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  • Norbert Strade
    Germany Calls for International Probe into Russo-Georgian Armed Conflict Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 5 Sep. 08 German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier
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      Germany Calls for International Probe into Russo-Georgian Armed Conflict

      Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 5 Sep.'08

      German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier called on Georgia and
      Russia to accept an international inquiry to find out what led to the
      outbreak of the armed conflict, Reuters reported on September 5.

      He said that the outcome of such an inquiry could shape the west’s
      future ties with Russia and Georgia.

      “Who bears responsibility for what part of the escalation to military
      confrontation will certainly play a role [in shaping ties],' Steinmeier
      told the German newspaper Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung.

      “Perhaps it will never be fully cleared up. But I urge both sides to be
      open to an independent inquiry into the events of early August,” he added

      The German foreign minister, according to Reuters, also suggested that
      the UN or OSCE could lead the probe.

      At a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on
      August 17, President Saakashvili rejected any suggestion that his
      administration was to blame for the armed conflict with Russia, addng
      that Georgia was “open for an international investigation of what led to
      the conflict.”

      “We are the ones that immediately demanded access on the ground for
      international organizations and we were the ones to call for
      transparency,” he said.

      Meanwhile, EU foreign ministers gathered in Avignon, France, on
      September 5, to consider sending monitors to Georgia.


      The media discussion (whatever it's pro-Georgian or pro-Russian) already
      lost it at the beginning of the war, and now we see how the KGB-Gazprom
      mafia's top ally in Western Europe is trying to institutionalize the
      No, it is *not* about who did what in the months before the war broke
      out. That's of course an important question, especially for historians.
      But the real issue here is something completely different. Georgian
      forces never came even close to Russian territory and had no intentions
      to enter it, with other words, Georgia did not attack Russia, while
      Russian forces attacked and occupied Georgian territory, on the pretext
      that Russia has the right to interfere in an internal Georgian conflict.
      This is a classical case of a war of aggression, nothing less, nothing more.
      It started with the silly concept of a "disproportionate" Russian act,
      and now they are trying to move the focus even further away from the
      (latest) supreme crime committed by the leaders of the Russian
      Federation. N.S.
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