With his new mandate, Mr. Semneby could try to participate directly in the conflict resolution negotiations. This is most likely to happen in the scope of the South Ossetian conflict solving process as Georgia has already invited the EUSR to participate in the procedure. For Tbilisi, the inclusion of the EUSR in the aforementioned process would help in changing existing negotiation formats, which is, following the Georgian perception, outdated after a decade of fruitless talks. The EUSR cou1d join the JCC132 either as an observer or a full participant or even take the lead in creating a new format based on direct talks between Georgia, South Ossetia and perhaps Russia.
132 The Joint Control Commission is a negotiating body to the South Ossetian conflict and consists of the following parties: Georgia, Russia, self proclaimed South Ossetian authorities and OSCE representatives.
With his new mandate, however, he could try to participate directly in conflict resolution negotiations.251 This is most likely in the context of the South Ossetian conflict, as Georgia has already invited the EUSR,252 unlike Armenia and Azerbaijan. For Tbilisi, inclusion of the EUSR would mark significant progress towards changing existing negotiation formats, which it considers biased and outdated after a decade of fruitless talks. The EUSR could join the JCC either as an observer or a full participant or take the lead in creating a new format based on direct talks with Georgia, South Ossetia and perhaps Russia.
251 As a rapidly growing donor, the U.S. might also become interested in being involved in the negotiation format as an observer.
252 Prime Minister Nogaideli, letter to Solana, op. cit.
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