Georgia calls on Russia to withdraw troops from Abkhazia and South Ossetia

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, on the occasion of the 14th anniversary of the Russo-Georgian war, demanded that Russia honor its commitments under the 2008 ceasefire agreement and withdraw its troops from the occupied territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Fourteen years after the Russo-Georgian war, Moscow continues to expand its illegal control over the occupied territories of Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the Georgian Foreign Ministry said in a statement yesterday, on the occasion of the 14th anniversary of the war.

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“After 14 years of occupation, Russia does not respect the EU-brokered ceasefire agreement of August 12, 2008, expands illegal control over the occupied territories, continues the process of their militarization, actively takes initiatives to their actual annexation”, the announcement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia states.

The ministry said in its statement that “Russia is undermining the security, human rights and humanitarian situation in these areas and is trying to isolate those living in the occupied territories from the rest of Georgia and the international community.”

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At the same time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia calls on Russia to stop “illegal and provocative actions against Georgia”, to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country and to keep its commitments based on the 2008 agreement, to withdraw its troops and annul its “illegal decision to recognize the so-called independence of the occupied territories”.

The war stopped with the mediation of the European Union and personally of Nicolas Sarkozy, president of the then EU-presidency France. Together with his then counterpart Dmitry Medvedev, Sarkozy presented the peace settlement plan. The text of the agreement included six points, among which was the withdrawal of the armed forces to the positions they occupied before the start of the military conflict.

Russia to this day maintains its military presence in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, without complying with this point of the peace agreement. Moscow has recognized both regions as “sovereign states”. To date, only Nicaragua, Venezuela, Syria and the Lilliputian island state of Nauru have recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Source: RES-MPE

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