Lavrov: Participation of Georgia in CIS Was Aimed at Eroding the Commonwealth / News / News agency Inforos
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Lavrov: Participation of Georgia in CIS Was Aimed at Eroding the Commonwealth

A meeting of the Council of CIS Foreign Ministers was held in Bishkek. A main item of the agenda was the withdrawal of Georgia. The foreign ministers came to a conclusion that it entails to negative consequences because the participation of Georgia in the Commonwealth in recent years was aimed at eroding the CIS. Georgia will leave the CIS in August 2009.

In particular Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that “the participation of Georgia in the Commonwealth in recent years was not aimed at facilitating its consolidation but rather at eroding the CIS. Therefore I do not see any adverse implications for the activities of our common organization”.

The ministers has taken “a technical decision” to terminate Georgia’s membership in the CIS in accordance with its request. This termination will occur a year after the receipt of the respective application, that is in August 2009. Lavrov also pointed out that “it was decided to instruct the Executive Committee to take stock of the agreements under which Georgia still has some obligations to the Commonwealth of Independent States”.

Besides, a decision was also made to terminate the mandate of the Collective Peacekeeping Force in Abkhazia.

"Upon our proposal a formal technical decision was also made to terminate the activities of the Collective Peacekeeping Force in Abkhazia, which was set up in the past by decision of the CIS heads of state”, Sergey Lavrov said.
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