Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili said yesterday that the closure of the Akhalgori crossing point connecting the occupied Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) region, with the rest of Georgia “is yet another violation of human rights”.
The closing of the Akhalgori crossing point is yet another violation of #humanrights in the occupied Tskhinvali reg. The right to movement is a fundamental right that must be respected. I call on the int'l community to put pressure on all responsible parties to #openthecrossingpoint— Salome Zourabichvili (@Zourabichvili_S) February 7, 2020
State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality of Georgia Ketevan Tsikhelashvili also underscored earlier that the closure of the crossing point "is the same as not only taking Georgians hostage, but also Ossetians".
De facto authorities of occupied Tskhinvali region temporarily reopened the Akhalgori crossing point for pensioners only on January 24, after an almost five-month closure, which has created a severe humanitarian situation on the ground.