Statement by the Prime Minister of Georgia on holding the referendum in the Tskhinvali region
In response to Georgia's peaceful policy and efforts seeking reconciliation and confidence building between the populations divided by occupation lines, the Russian Federation, unfortunately, continues to take steps towards increased isolation and annexation of Georgia's occupied territories.
This is evidenced by the recent decision to hold a referendum on naming the Tskhinvali Region similarly to a subject of the Russian Federation, which once again exposes the true intentions of the occupant power to incorporate Georgia's integral regions.
According to the international law, it is unlawful and unacceptable to hold a referendum in a region from which tens of thousands of residents have been expelled as a result of ethnic cleansing, and where effective control is exercised by the occupant power.
I urge the international community to join forces and stand up to the Russian Federation's provocative actions, to prevent violations of the territorial integrity of sovereign states and imposition of practice of unlawful annexation, which undermines the region's stability and the international system stemming from democratic values.
Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the illegal installations along the occupation line of Tskhinvali region
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia strongly condemns the illegal process of erection of so-called “border” signs at the occupation line of Tskhinvali region, namely in the vicinity of the village Takhtisdziri of Kareli Municipality. The installation of artificial barriers by the occupation forces already entailed the loss of access to the agricultural lands for the local inhabitants.
With this kind of provocative actions in the circumstances of the Coronavirus pandemic, and moreover, during the religious holidays before the Orthodox Easter, the Russian Federation deliberately attempts to escalate the situation and further aggravate the security environment on the ground. With these steps Russia and its occupation regime are creating unbearable circumstances for the conflict-affected local population, who have been already suffering from the grave humanitarian consequences of the Russian occupation. Several people living in Tskhinvali region have already fallen victims to the closure of so-called crossing points and restriction of the freedom of movement by the occupation regime, as they were not given the possibility to cross the occupation line and get the necessary medical treatment on the Georgian Government controlled territory.
This kind of destructive steps are especially concerning in the times when the whole world is trying to fight the spread of the infection caused by the Coronavirus. In these critical circumstances, we attach particular importance to show the care and commitment to the conflict-affected population, who have long been suffering from the intensified pressure and discrimination.
The Government of Georgia spears no effort with the aim to improve the security and human rights situation on the ground. We remain in close coordination with the Co-Chairs of the Geneva International Discussions and the EU Monitoring Mission in order to ensure cessation of the illegal process of erecting the artificial barriers along the occupation line, and achieve freedom of movement for the people living in the occupation territories.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia calls upon the Russian Federation to immediately cease the provocative and destructive actions and implement its international obligations, inter alia the EU-mediated 12 August 2008 Ceasefire Agreement.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia appeals to the international community to give a due assessment and take effective measures to counter the illegal process along the occupation line.
Prime Minister's Meeting with SOCAR President
Today, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia held a meeting with Rovnag Abdullayev, President of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR).
SOCAR's investment projects implemented in Georgia were the key topic of the discussion. The meeting was attended by Georgian Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Natia Turnava, General Director of SOCAR Energy Georgia Mahir Mammadov, Head of the SOCAR Investments Department Vagif Aliyev, and Azerbaijan's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Dursun Hasanov.
The Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the so-called parliamentary elections in occupied Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia refers to the ongoing so-called parliamentary elections in occupied Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, which blatantly violates the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders. Any so-called elections held in the occupied territories are illegal and cannot have any legal effect, as they are in contradiction with the fundamental norms and principles of international law.
The above so-called elections represent yet another futile attempt by Russia and its occupation regime in Tskhinvali to legitimize the ethnic cleansing of Georgians in Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, the illegal occupation and forceful change of sovereign borders of Georgia. The so-called parliamentary elections are taking place in the context, when internally displaced persons and refuges, forcibly expelled from the occupied territories, continue to be deprived of the possibility to return to their homes, and while the people on the ground are forced to live under violations of basic human rights and freedoms. At the same time, the Russian Federation continues its military build-up, control and de-facto annexation of the occupied territories, in full disregard of the EU-mediated 12 August 2008 Ceasefire Agreement.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia appeals to the international community to give a due assessment to the ongoing so-called parliamentary elections in the Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, and calls upon the Russian Federation to fulfill undertaken international obligations and withdraw its military forces from Georgia’s territory.
Statement of the Prime Minister of Georgia
August 14 marks a tragic day in the recent history of our country. 25 years ago we failed to avoid fratricidal war. The bloodshed between our Abkhaz brothers and us entailed grave consequences. Today the severity of these results is even more evident to both Georgians and Abkhazians.
The history of our coexistence is exemplary and we have no right to live in such reality. An external force should not stand between us, it is harmful for us - Georgians and Abkhazians, and the future of our children. I have great hope that we will mend this grave mistake and soon, time will come when we will regain the hearts of our Abkhaz brothers and we will continue our coexistence with centuries-old love and mutual respect in a united, strong Georgia.
David Dondua comments on the meeting with EU Ambassador to Georgia
The European Union’s position with respect to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia is clearly manifested in a great number of its statements and official comments, including in the statement issued on 8 April by the European Union External Action Service on the so-called presidential elections and the referendum conducted in Georgia’s occupied Tskhinvali region.
Statements like those made by the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the Crisis and the Co-chair of the Geneva International Discussions are totally unacceptable and contradict the European Union’s policy and position with respect to Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.