The Georgian Foreign Ministry condemns the ongoing “presidential elections” in the Russia-occupied Georgian region of Abkhazia as “illegal”.
So-called presidential elections in #Georgia's occupied #Abkhazia region are illegal &fully contradict international law, while half mln IDPs &refugees are expelled due to ethnic cleansing, &Russian occupying power exercises effective control on ground.https://t.co/JasAsDm8cr pic.twitter.com/skthO116tJ— MFA of Georgia (@MFAgovge) March 22, 2020
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.