About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 17:53 - 16 Jan.'18
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Top Diplomats: Ball in Russia`s court on WTO Deal
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 13 Jun.'17 / 18:07

Zurab Abashidze, Georgian PM’s special representative for relations with Russia, said on June 13 that Georgia has completed preparatory works for the implementation of the 2011 Swiss-mediated agreement between Tbilisi and Moscow on customs monitoring between the two countries.

“We have honestly completed all preparatory works. Now, it is up to the Russian side: the only thing hampering the work is that the Russian side should complete negotiations with the Swiss company,” Abashidze told Civil.ge, responding to the remarks of Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin.

“I call on the Russian side to complete its work on the contract to be signed with the company,” Abashidze also said, referring to the Geneva-based SGS, the worlds leading testing and inspection company, which will carry out the monitoring.

Zurab Abashidze, who has been engaged in direct dialogue with Grigory Karasin since 2012, added that the next meeting between the two diplomats will tentatively be held in early July. 

Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze commented on the matter as well, accusing the Russian Federation of “politicizing” the issue. 

“Unfortunately, the Russian Federation has not yet completed its work on the contract that should be signed with the Swiss company SGS,” Janelidze told the joint parliamentary hearing of Foreign Relations and European Integration committees on June 13.

“Georgia has completed its work on the contract and we are now taking final steps through negotiations with the Swiss mediator,” he added.

“We hope that Russia will urge itself to finalize its work on the contract already in June and that the agreement will enter into force without any politicization and in full compliance with the agreement [text], for which the Georgian side is ready,” Janelidze concluded.

Georgia agreed to give its go-ahead to Russia’s WTO membership only after Tbilisi and Moscow signed a Swiss-mediated agreement in November, 2011, envisaging the deployment of sophisticated systems for tracking and auditing of cargo passing through Abkhazia and South Ossetia. 

According to the agreement, “neutral private company” will carry out monitoring of cargo movement through three “trade corridors” two of which run through Abkhazia and South Ossetia and the third one on the Zemo Larsi-Kazbegi border crossing point on the undisputed section of Georgia-Russia border.

Monitoring should be carried out, among other means, also through the presence of company representatives at entry/exit points of these corridors, meaning that they will be present outside of the regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

RELATED
Latest News
16 Jan.'18 17:53
CSOs Urge Parliament to Uphold Presidential Objections to Broadcasting Law
A group of thirty-six civil society organizations released a statement on the controversial GPB-related bill.
16 Jan.'18 16:28
The Weekly Tripwire - Issue 22
Civil.ge’s news digest covering developments in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia.
16 Jan.'18 12:59
NDI-Commissioned Public Opinion Survey
Support for EU membership 72%, for NATO membership 64%.
16 Jan.'18 10:35
Freedom House: Georgia Remains ‘Partly Free’
Georgia’s rating in both political rights and civil liberties categories remained unchanged.
15 Jan.'18 18:36
President Vetoes Changes to Broadcasting Law
The bill, approved by the Parliament last month, envisages further expansion of powers of the GPB.
15 Jan.'18 15:56
Sixteen Polling Stations to Open in Abkhazia for Russia’s Presidential Election
Raul Khajimba and Semyon Grigoriev held a meeting to discuss organizational details of the upcoming polls.
15 Jan.'18 12:01
EU Calls for ‘Thorough, Transparent’ Investigation over Mukhtarli Case
Azerbaijani journalist, who was allegedly kidnapped from Georgia, was sentenced to six years in prison.
13 Jan.'18 11:00
Afgan Mukhtarli Sentenced to Six Years in Prison
Mukhtarli went missing from Tbilisi on May 29 and appeared in a detention facility in Baku a day later.
12 Jan.'18 14:22
Rights Group Challenges Russia over Khurcha Murder
Georgian Young Lawyers Association claims Moscow violated the European Convention on Human Rights.
12 Jan.'18 12:30
FM Crnadak: Bibilov Meeting Damages Srpska Reputation
The statement comes as Georgia sent a protest note to Sarajevo regarding the recent visit of Anatoly Bibilov.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2018, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
79