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Foreign Minister Sven Mikser: Abkhazia and South Ossetia are integral parts of Georgia


Statement from the Foreign Minister on the occasion of the 10th anniversary (8.08.2008) of Russia’s aggression against Georgia

Tomorrow marks ten years since the beginning of Russia’s aggression against Georgia, with which Russia gravely violated international law and undermined regional security and stability. Russia’s gross violation of international law in Georgia continues to this day. It is deeply concerning that in ten years a solution to the conflict has not been reached and Russia persists in its illegal occupation of the territories of Georgia. Abkhazia and South Ossetia are integral parts of Georgia, whose sovereignty and territorial integrity must be fully respected. Ongoing military build-up in the occupied territories, borderization, restrictions on freedom of movement and the right to education are unacceptable and seriously damage any efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.

We welcome the Georgian Government’s commitment to seeking dialogue. The peace initiative by the Georgian Government “A Step to a Better Future” looks for opportunities to improve the living standards of people on both sides of the Administrative Boundary Line. This type of inclusive approach is also supported by the European Union.

On this anniversary, we remind Russia of its obligation to abide by the Ceasefire Agreement of 12 August 2008 which stipulates the withdrawal of troops and the establishment of an international peacekeeping force. As long as the de facto authorities continue to ignore calls to grant international organizations unhindered access to the occupied territories, we have to uphold the European Monitoring Mission in Georgia, the only international monitoring mission on the ground. It is equally important that the Geneva International Discussions continue as a place for dialogue, where a peaceful solution should be sought in good faith and a constructive manner.

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Sandra Kamilova
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Communication Department


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