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    MOSCOW, October 31 (RIA Novosti, Andrei Malyshkin) - Moscow considers unrealistic Georgia's U.S.-supported plan for regulating the conflict in South Ossetia, a Russian Foreign Ministry ambassador, the co-chairman of the Mixed Control Commission for the solution of the South Ossetian conflict, said Monday. Valery Kenyaikin said Georgia's conflict resolution plan for the self-proclaimed republic in its territory, presented by Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Nogaideli on October 27 at an Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) conference in Vienna, showed a less compromising position from Georgia.

    Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili had proposed to the UN General Assembly three stages for regulating the conflict, without deadlines, but later spoke of a three-year regulation period. The current proposals do not mention the three stages and Georgia plans to implement its plan within a year - unrealistic given the sensitivity of the issue and the need for talks, Kenyaikin said.

    The new plan foresees a new format with the involvement of the OSCE, U.S. and EU.

    "[Georgia's] intention to dismantle the existing talks format of the Mixed Control Commission... and replace it with a magic formula that will allegedly resolve something is unrealistic planning...Everything will depend not on some new format, but on the political will to implement solutions " he said.

    The new plan should have been agreed upon with South Ossetia first, rather than the U.S. and other outsiders, Kenyaikin said.

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