Japan is concerned over the upcoming illegal referendum in Georgia’s breakaway Tskhinvali region (South Ossetia) and the closure of crossing points along the occupation line with Abkhazia, the Embassy of Japan stated today.
The embassy referred to the April 9 referendum on changing the name of Georgia’s Tskhinvali region (South Ossetia) into South Ossetia-Alania just like North Ossetia-Alania, which is a federal subject of Russia.
The embassy also believes the decisions of de-facto Abkhazian officials on closing two crossing points along the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL) between Georgia and its breakaway region will cause "grave violations of human rights”.
It has been Japan’s consistent position that the peaceful resolution of the conflict in Georgia’s occupied regions of Tskhinvali region (South Ossetia) and Abkhazia in line with the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders is essential for the peace and stability of the country and the entire South Caucasus region”, the press release reads.
The embassy also stated that "Japan and Georgia oppose any attempts to change Georgia’s internationally recognized borders” as expressed in the Joint Statement between Japan and Georgia on "Solidarity for Peace and Democracy” signed in October 2014.