PACE monitors call ‘elections’ in occupied Tskhinvali ‘neither legal nor legitimate’

So-called parliamentary elections were conducted in Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) on June 9. Photo: Nino Alavidze/, 12 Jun 2019 - 16:32, Tbilisi,Georgia

The co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of Georgia, Titus Corlatean and Claude Kern, say that the June 9 so-called parliamentary elections in Georgia’s Russian-occupied Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) region were “neither legitimate nor legal.”

We reiterate our full support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia within its internationally-recognised borders. The so-called parliamentary elections in the Georgian region of South Ossetia that took place last Sunday are therefore neither legal nor legitimate,” reads a statement.

Corlatean and Kern say that the “elections” hinder the peaceful settlement of the conflict and instead of uniting people they only drive them further apart.

We can only condemn that,” they say.