Georgia’s President welcomes support expressed towards Georgia at UN Security Council

Georgia's Presidnet Giorgi Margvelashvili; Photo by President's Press Office, 23 Dec 2014 - 14:34, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili has welcomed the support of those countries expressed towards Georgia and its occupied  territories at the United Nations (UN) Security Council’s wrap up session on December 22.

Georgian allies including the United State, the United Kingdom and Lithuania has condemned the Russia-Abkhazia treaty which has also been considered by Tbilisi as a step towards the annexation of Georgia’s breakaway region Abkhazia backed by Moscow.

"In a difficult situation, when twenty percent of Georgia’s territory is occupied, hundreds of thousands of citizens have become refugees and internally displaced persons - Georgia has been doing the constructive, peaceful and rational policy. Nevertheless, the Russian Federation has taken steps toward the annexation of a sovereign state, which further deteriorates the region's security environment,” Margvelashvili said in a statement.

President believed it was very important that the members of the UN’s Security Council focused on Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty as well as the consistent policy of the country.

"We strongly believe that the active involvement of the international community should play a vital role to halt the development in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) regions,” Margvelashvili noted.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Lyall Grant of the UK Mission to the United Nations (UN) said at the session that they had seen over the past year was part of a pattern of Russia systematically interfering in its neighbours’ domestic affairs and undermining their sovereignty and territorial integrity.

However, official Vilnius said that the so called treaty undermined all efforts to find a solution to the conflict based on the principle of Georgia’s territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders and constitutes a step towards the annexation of Abkhazia by Russia.

In November, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and the leader of Georgia’s breakaway Abkhazia region Raul Khajimba signed a new treaty between Moscow and Sokhumi on ‘Alliance and Strategic Partnership’. Since then Tskhinvali’s (South Ossetia) leader also expressed interest in signing a similar agreement with Russia.

The treaty with Abkhazia has been condemned by Georgia and the international community, but Russian officials rejected accusations that newly signed alliance treaty between Moscow and Sokhumi was a step towards the annexation of Georgia's breakaway regions Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia).