Georgia republic accused the UN Security Council of double standards policy
The political slang stock that is used by politicians is added with new words and expressions almost daily. Something like that used to happen in Russia after 1917, when people had to deal with a lot of new words that appeared as a result of the revolution in the country. Something like that happens nowadays as well. Phraseological expressions like “axis of evil,” “anti-terrorist coalition,” or “double standards” have already become irreplaceable attributes for the speech of certain politicians. Furthermore, their use is not connected with a certain part of the world or a geographical point. Politicians of both the Old World and the New World keep including them in their speech. Russian politicians are not an exception. Most often it happens when they talk about the Chechen problem – about the issue of double standards regarding terrorists (there are Al-Qaida terrorists and Chechen rebels). “Axis of evil” and “anti-terrorist coalition” are used so much nowadays that it would be better not to mention them here anymore. This political fashion has had its influence in Russia's neighbor, the republic of Georgia.
Secretary of the Georgian Security Council, Tedo Japaridze, stated last week that Georgia was intended to inquire the United Nations about a mandate in order to be entitled to use the military force for the solution of the Abkhaz issue. We wonder, where Georgia takes so much impudence from: the UN Security Council has recently obliged Georgia with prolonging the mandate of Russian peacemakers in Abkhazia. Eduard Shevardnadze, the Georgian President, was shocked. However, the UN Security Council believed that Moscow’s arguments on the matter were far more convincing. One should not forget that Washington did not say a word about that on that day. Americans do their best to obtain Russia’s support regarding the Iraqi issue; they are ready to sacrifice their interests in the Caucasus for that. This predetermined the result of the voting.
The Georgian government has taken some time to get ready for another blow. One has to acknowledge that Georgia managed to hit a sore spot. Georgia is going to appeal to Chapter Seven of the UN Charter, which allows the use of the military force as an execution of a UN Security Council resolution. As Georgia believes, the unrecognized republic of Abkhazia has not executed any of 29 resolutions of the United Nations, which contain the requirement for Abkhazia to start negotiations pertaining to the separation of authorities.
The Georgian government links the situation around Iraq and the problem with Abkhazia. The thing is about the fact that Chapter Seven of the UN Charter is the base, on which the USA demands the use of the military force against Iraq. The UN Security Council does not want to deal with the unrecognized republic of Abkhazia: there are a lot more important problems to deal with at the moment. The struggle for Iraq has entered its final stage (the UN Security Council is to hold its session today). However, if we suppose that the UN Security Council does not authorize the beginning of the military operation, if it adjourns inspectors’ mandate in Iraq, the USA’s position regarding the conflict between Georgia and Abkhazia is likely to change. Russia will hardly favor it.
Translated by Dmitry Sudakov