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Secretary-general categorically rejects georgia’s claim that report
amended in response to ‘russian blackmail’
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The claim by the Georgian Permanent Representative that the Secretary-General amended his report on Georgia in response to “Russian blackmail” is categorically rejected. The statement itself is very unfortunate.
The principal concern of the Secretary-General in the drafting of his Report has been that all concerned parties should engage on the substantive issues in question, more specifically on a mechanism to guarantee safety and security in this troubled region. The adoption of the title was meant to avoid unnecessary politicization of the debate among members of the Security Council and reflected his view of what all members could live with.
The Secretary-General rejects any suggestion that any threats were made to him in this connection.
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