Comment of the Press and Information Department on the opening of occupied Abkhazia’s so-called embassy in Syria
The entire international community, the leading countries of Europe, the U.S. and international organizations strongly condemned the Assad Regime’s illegal decision on establishment of so-called diplomatic relations with the Russian occupation regimes in Sokhumi and Tskhinvali. This illegitimate decision was strongly rejected by the Syrian opposition forces issuing several condemning statements and expressing unequivocal support for Georgia’s territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.
We are, however, confident that one day, after the end of the illegitimate regime in Syria, when the country embarks on the course of democratic development, this illegal decision too will be revised and Syria will return to the international legal framework, which is based on the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity.
On June 6, 2022, a telephone conversation took place between the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R.Meredov and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation S.Lavrov.
During the talks, the parties exchanged views on a wide range of issues of bilateral cooperation. In particular, the preparations for the high-level bilateral meetings were discussed.
The heads of the foreign policy offices of two countries also discussed issues related to the preparations for the Sixth Caspian Summit which will be held this year in Turkmenistan.
Congress President condemns so-called “elections” held in occupied Abkhazia
Strasbourg, 16 March2022 - Reacting to recent so-called “parliamentary elections” held on 12 March 2022 in the Abkhazia region in Georgia, the President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Leendert Verbeek, made the following statement:
“By organising these “elections”, the so-called “de facto” authorities of Abkhazia, once again, undermined the principle of the territorial integrity of Georgia forcing this region further into isolation, to the detriment of the local population.
The Congress has always shown its unrelenting commitment to the territorial integrity of member States within its internationally recognised borders. This principle is all the more important in the current context of the Russian military aggression against Ukraine.
Not only since 24 February we know that the illegal recognition of territories of other member States can be only one step ahead of further aggression and war. This is the bitter lesson we have to learn, eventually.
Therefore, all sort of action undermining the territorial integrity and sovereignty of a member State, is to be strongly condemned. The so-called “elections” organised in Abkhazia fall under this category and do not recognise the illegal occupation of Abkhazia by the Russian Federation. The “vote” organised in Abkhazia on 12 March, instead of strengthening, further erodes stability in this region and is, moreover, the wrong signal at the wrong time.”
The statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia regarding the so-called parliamentary elections in the occupied Abkhazia regionThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia refers to the so-called parliamentary elections in the occupied Abkhazia region taking place on 12 March 2022 as an illegal action blatantly violating Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
These so- called elections fully contradict the fundamental norms and principles of international law and represent yet another futile attempt to legitimize the ongoing illegal occupation of the two regions being integral parts of Georgia. While hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons and refugees are expelled from the Abkhazia region as a result of ethnic cleansing and the Russian occupying power exercises an effective control on the ground, these so-called elections cannot have any legal effect.The foregoing is further affirmed by the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights holding the Russian Federation as an occupying country exercising an effective control over Georgia's Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions responsible for the breach of the fundamental norms of international law on the ground.
It is concerning that while the international community firmly supports Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, the Russian Federation continues actual annexation of Georgia's occupied territories through their integration into Russia's military, political, economic and social system. What adds further to the already difficult situation is the gross violation of the fundamental rights and freedoms of the population on the ground and discrimination of Georgians on ethnic lines. Even more alarming, against such background, is the fact that the international human rights and security mechanisms, as well as the EU Monitoring Mission are deprived of access to the occupied regions.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls on the Russian Federation to respect its international obligations, to comply with the EU- brokered ceasefire agreement of 12 August 2008 and reverse its illegal decision on recognition of the so- called independence of the occupied territories.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs appeals to the international community to duly assess and take effective action on this yet another illegal step aimed at violating Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
“QUADRIGA” STATEMENT: OUR COMMITMENTS, OUR SECURITY, OUR OSCE
Within the framework of the 28th OSCE Ministerial Council, the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of Albania, Sweden, Poland, and North Macedonia, as the previous, current, incoming, and future Chairpersons of the OSCE issued the following statement - STOCKHOLM “QUADRIGA” STATEMENT: OUR COMMITMENTS, OUR SECURITY, OUR OSCE.
The so-called Quadriga reaffirms its commitment to Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, within its internationally recognized borders and underlines its concern about the continuing deterioration of the human rights situation in the Georgia’s Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions.
The Quadriga, on behalf of the OSCE, expresses unwavering support for the Geneva International Discussions (GID) and reaffirms that the OSCE is committed to continuing its leadership of this format, together with the European Union and the United Nations. It is important the GID make progress on core issues of non-use of violence and international security arrangements, as well as the return of internally displaced persons and refugees.
The document also calls for the commitments made in the ceasefire agreement of 2008 to be implemented immediately and in full.
Press statement of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in GeorgiaAs we reported, the visit of the broad-comprehensive delegation representing the Georgian community to the Republic of Azerbaijan continues. So, on September 21 and 22, guests visited Shusha, where the glorious Army of the Republic of Azerbaijan liberated from the Armenian occupation as a result of the 44-day Patriotic War.Guests were also accepted by the special representative of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the city of Shusha on September 22, Mr. Aydin Karimov. At the meeting held in a sincere and mutual dialogue atmosphere, A. Karimov informed about the works going on the resurrection and revival of Shusha city. He said that under the instructions of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Ilham Aliyev, many historical monuments exposed to Armenian terror were already restored. A.Karimov called Georgia a sample of support and true friendship of the delegation from the occupation to the occupied lands, being near the Azerbaijani state and people.Guests expressed their admiration to the fast-going construction-restoration works in Shusha and overall the wonderful weather and nature of the city.Within the framework of the Georgian delegation's ongoing visit to the Republic of Azerbaijan, meetings are also expected to be held in Ganja and Agdam.With the organization of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Georgia and the support of SOCAR's Georgian delegation's visit to the Republic of Azerbaijan will continue to be presented by the Embassy during the visit.Press statement of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Georgia