OSCE group of friends of Georgia condemn Russian aggression, demand release of abducted doctor

OSCE group friends of Georgia say that they are concerned by current tension at the occupation lines and the closure of so-called crossing points by Russian-controlled occupation forces. Photo: Georgian Foreign Ministry press office. 

Agenda.ge, 06 Dec 2019 - 11:43, Tbilisi,Georgia

The group of friends of Georgia in the OSCE has delivered a joint statement to reaffirm their “firm support” for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, condemn the Russian aggression and demand the release of a well-known Georgian doctor Vazha Gaprindashvili who has been in illegal detention in Georgia’s Russian-controlled Tskhinvali region for about a month.  

The statement which was presented during the OSCE Ministerial Council in Bratislava, was delivered on behalf of Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. 

11 years since the Russian military invasion of Georgia, we remain deeply concerned over the continued occupation of the territory of Georgia and underline the need for the peaceful resolution of the conflict based on full respect for the UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act, and international law,” reads the statement.