The Chair of the Parliamentary Assembly's Monitoring Committee has proposed the talks to break what he called the “deadlock” on dealing with the consequences of the war between the two Council of Europe nations.
“Confrontation must give way to dialogue,” said Mr Marty in a note made public outlining the plan.
The hearings, to be held by January 2011 at the latest, could involve representatives of the Georgian and Russian governments, Ambassador Heidi Tagliavini – who wrote a report on the origins of the war which was recognised by both sides as impartial – and the EU and UN co-chairs of the Geneva talks, as well as the head of the EU monitoring mission in the region, Council of Europe leaders, representatives of the European Parliament and the ICRC.
The hearings could help to reduce the “emotional impact” of the war, which continues to be an obstacle to discussion, Mr Marty pointed out, and clarify the current situation, including the situation on the ground. Armed conflict between two member states is “an exceptionally serious development” and its consequences were a priority for PACE and the Council of Europe as a whole, he said.
Mr Marty was authorised to make contact with the authorities of both states to draw up a catalogue of practical questions for discussion and rapid settlement, as well as a roadmap to address the humanitarian situation, and the assessment of the situation with regard to the Assembly’s three resolutions on the consequences of the war.
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