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RUSSIAN-GEORGIAN BORDER DOES NOT REQUIRE INTERNATIONAL CONTROL

RIA Novosti

MOSCOW, March 11, (RIA Novosti) - The situation on the Russian-Georgian border does not require international control. This was disclosed in Vienna March 10 by Alexei Borodavkin, Russia's permanent representative at the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe), reports the Russian Foreign Ministry's official web site. Borodavkin made this statement, while addressing a session of the OSCE permanent council.

There are no indications of the fact that the situation on the Russian-Georgian border is changing for the worse, Borodavkin noted. Russia is sincerely surprised over the Georgian side's attempts to prove that the borderline situation requires international control, he added.

The OSCE mandate for monitoring the situation on the Russian-Georgian border expired December 31, 2004, Borodavkin noted. The inter-state border was then closed in line with administrative-technical methods, he said. We hope that this process will be completed in accordance with reasonable and agreed-upon deadlines, the diplomat stressed.

More than two months have passed since the expiry of the OSCE mandate; meanwhile nothing in the vicinity of the Georgian-Russian border highlights any changes for the worse, Borodavkin added.

On the whole, no international presence can substitute the responsibility of countries for the safety of their borders, he noted.

We would like our common border with Georgia to be guarded by Russia and Georgia alike. This is why we support the need for aiding our Georgian partners in this sphere under OSCE auspices, Borodavkin stressed.

According to Borodavkin, mutual borderline trust could be facilitated best of all by active practical interaction of national border-control services.

The Russian side is ready for such interaction, suggesting that Tbilisi reciprocate and display its striving for cooperation, the diplomat added.



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