Comment of the Press and Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

Published in Politics
Monday, 27 August 2018 18:34
The entire international community supports Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. This strong support is clearly reflected in the effective steps made by the international community towards the peaceful resolution of the conflict. The visit of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Georgia on the 10th anniversary of the August War, as well as the recent unprecedented reaction from partner countries and international organisations, have served as a clear confirmation of this support.

Sooner or later, Russia will have to change its illegal decision of 2008 on recognition of the so-called independence of our regions and to de-occupy our territories. On 12 August 2008 the Russian leadership took on an international obligation to withdraw troops from Georgia and must fully comply with the ceasefire agreement reached through EU mediation.

Georgia continues constructive and active participation in the International Geneva Discussions in order to achieve progress regarding major issues on the agenda including the implementation of obligations taken on by the Russian Federation, the creation of security mechanisms in the occupied regions and the safe and dignified return of IDPs to their homes.

The Georgian government does its utmost for confidence-building and reconciliation of the communities torn apart by the war and  dividing lines, as well as to allow our citizens on the other side of the occupation line, regardless of their ethnicity, to fully enjoy the benefits offered by the state to its citizens.

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