OSCE Group of Friends reaffirms full support for Georgia’s sovereignty, territorial integrity; hold Russia accountable

The Group of Friends of Georgia ‘will continue to raise awareness of the conflict and of developments on the ground, hold Russia accountable for its obligations and commitments, and advocate for the conflict’s peaceful resolution’. Photo: Nino Alavidze/Agenda.ge

Agenda.ge, 04 Dec 2021 - 10:27, Tbilisi,Georgia

OSCE Group of Friends of Georgia reaffirms its full support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders.

The joint statement was delivered on behalf of Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America at the 28th OSCE Ministerial Council Meeting on December 3.

Thirteen years since the Russian Federation’s military invasion of Georgia, we remain deeply concerned over the continued occupation of parts 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”, the joint statement reads.

It further welcomes Georgia’s compliance with the EU-mediated August 12, 2008 ceasefire agreement as well as calls upon Russia ‘to fulfill immediately its clear obligation under the ceasefire agreement to withdraw its forces to pre-conflict positions’.

Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani, who participated in the OSCE ministerial, has thanked the group of friends for their joint statement: