The NATO Parliamentary Assembly is concerned over grave human rights violations and ethnic discrimination against Georgians in the country’s occupied territories of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region (South Ossetia), the resolution adopted on October 11 says.
The document also stresses the ‘necessity of the implementation of the EU-mediated ceasefire agreement’ by the Russian Federation and underscores the right of internally displaced people (IDP) and refugees ‘to return to their homes.’
In the context of the increasingly complex global strategic environment, the Russian Federation’s aggressive actions continue to pose the most immediate threat to Euro-Atlantic security,” the resolution reads.
The NATO Parliamentary Assembly condemns Russia’s ‘ongoing violation of the territorial integrity of Georgia, Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova.’
[The resolution condemns] Russia’s persistent efforts to destabilise these countries, to derail their European and/or Euro-Atlantic integration, and to incite reckless and irresponsible escalations,” the document states.
The resolution also says that NATO should strengthen its support for ‘the efforts of Georgia and Ukraine to accelerate their process of Euro-Atlantic integration.’
[The resolution urges NATO] to signal solidarity with Georgia and Ukraine through increased joint exercises and practical support to their ability to defend themselves and to continue to denounce Russia’s temporary occupation and illegal annexation of parts of Georgia,” NATO Parliamentary Assembly states.
Georgia joined the North Atlantic Cooperation Council (NACC) in 1992 soon after the country declared its independence.
Georgia's key foreign and security policy priorities are membership in the EU and NATO.