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UNITED NATIONS, March 28. /TASS/. Russia refused to discuss the issue of Abkhazia’s and South Ossetia’s sovereignty as Ukraine raise the issue of the forthcoming presidential elections and referendum in South Ossetia at a closed meeting of the United Nations Security Council, Russia’s acting Permanent Representative to the United Nations Pyotr Ilyichev said on Tuesday.
"The situation in Abkhazia and South Ossetia is not a conflict, so the Security Council should not distract its attention to it. It’s time to recognize the reality that has formed in the past eight years. The issue of state sovereignty of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which were recognized as independent states by Russia, cannot be a subject for discussion," he stressed.
He reminded that a special format has been set up to settle problems between Georgia on the one hand and Abkhazia and South Ossetia on the other - the Geneva Discussions on security and stability in South Caucasus - and this format has proved its worth. In his words, the initiative to discuss the forthcoming elections and referendum at the Security Council "will only add to the obvious harm done to the Geneva Discussions" by the annual consideration at the General Assembly of a "politicized draft resolution" on refugees in the region.
"If Georgia and its patrons continue attempt to discuss security problems in New York without Abkhazia’s and South Ossetia’s participation, it may well be the end of the Geneva Discussions," the Russian diplomat warned.