Ireland condemns Russia’s occupation of Georgian territories

  • The Irish delegation witnessed the tense situation, where local residents can’t reach their wheat fields or graze cattle as Russian-controlled guards patrol along the occupation line. Photo: MFA of Georgia.
Agenda.ge, 1 Nov 2017 - 12:51, Tbilisi,Georgia

The Irish Parliament’s delegation led by Chairman Denis O'Donovan has visited the occupation line that divides Russian-occupied Tskhinvali region (South Ossetia) from the rest of Georgia.

They met Data Vanishvili, an elderly man from the occupied village of Khurvaleti. The occupation line has isolated the house of Vanishvili and his family from the rest of the village of Khurvaleti for years. The occupation prevents the family from freely moving along the village and sometimes even from buying food.

"We are startled and frightened by this bordering in your territory. In Ireland we had a similar situation for many years. Our country condemns the encroachment by Russia on Georgian territory”, Chairman O'Donovan said.
"We are hopeful that this dialogue and peaceful diplomatic means will resolve the issue. Our people in the United Nations are stationed here in Tbilisi who are working as hard as possible to resolve the problem with your neighbour”.

Photo source: MFA of Georgia.

On the ground, the Irish delegation witnessed the tense situation, where local residents cannot reach their wheat fields or graze cattle as Russian-controlled guards patrol along the occupation line and often kidnap farmers.

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