Georgian foreign minister criticizes OSCE over Ossetian conflict

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TBILISI, September 28 (RIA Novosti, Marina Kvaratskhelia) - The Georgian foreign minister said Wednesday she was unhappy with the efforts of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to settle the conflict between Georgia and the self-proclaimed republic of South Ossetia.

"The OSCE proved ineffective in fulfilling the agreement on the demilitarization of the conflict zone," Salome Zurabishvili told journalists, adding that she was particularly displeased by "Russia's influence on the organization."

Zurabishvili called on the OSCE to be more proactive and said Georgia would doubt the organization's role in the settlement process unless there was progress.

The OSCE, Russia, Georgia, and South Ossetia are members of a joint commission set up to restore peace in the region. The OSCE also monitors certain sections of the Georgian-Russian border.

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