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PACE rapporteur expresses hope that the dialogue between Russia and Georgia on humanitarian issues will improve

Strasbourg, 11.10.2012 – ‘Putting people before politics’ was the theme of discussions in Moscow between Tina Acketoft (Sweden, ALDE), rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on “The War between Georgia and Russia: the humanitarian situation in the war-affected areas”, and Russian representatives.

“I have now been able to put my message across of ‘people before politics’ in dealing with humanitarian issues in my visits to Russia and Georgia,” said the rapporteur. “I have also done this when visiting Sukhumi, though I regret that I have not, as yet, been able to express this position in Tskhinvali and see for myself the situation there.”

“The recent elections in Georgia, and the messages reported in the press about subtle changes in approach in government, give me some hope that small steps can be taken to improve the dialogue between Russia and Georgia and improve the position on the ground of those most affected in the aftermath of the conflict,” said Ms Acketoft, ending a two-day visit to Moscow where she met members of government, parliament and civil society.