Tbilisi condemns de facto 'presidential elections’ in occupied Abkhazia

  • Abkhazia and Tskhinvali have been recognised as independent regions only by Russia, Venezuela, Nikaragua, Nauru and Syria since the Russia-Georgia 2008 war. Photo: Nino Alavidze/Agenda.ge.

Agenda.ge, 22 Mar 2020 - 16:11, Tbilisi,Georgia

The Georgian Foreign Ministry condemns the ongoing “presidential elections” in the Russia-occupied Georgian region of Abkhazia as “illegal”.

The Foreign Ministry said these "elections" fully contradict the fundamental norms and principles of international law and blatantly violate Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  

The so-called elections represent yet another futile attempt to legitimise the ethnic cleansing, the ongoing illegal occupation and factual annexation process in Abkhazia region”, the Ministry stated.

It further noted that the international community “unwaveringly supports” Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders and does not recognise so-called elections in the occupied regions.

Two Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) have been recognised as "independent states" only by Russia, Venezuela, Nikaragua, Nauru and Syria since the Russia-Georgia 2008 war. The rest of the international community recognises both regions as integral parts of Georgia. 

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