UN Security Council members call on Russia withdraw its military, security forces from territory of Georgia “without delay”

  • The statement underlined the Russian invasion of Georgia in August 2008 had marked a “more aggressive trend” in Russia’s policy regarding its neighbouring countries and the European security architecture. Photo: Twitter/Norway UN

Agenda.ge, 16 Aug 2022 - 12:28, Tbilisi,Georgia

United Nations Security Council member and incoming member states on Monday released a joint statement that called on Russia to withdraw its military and security forces from the occupied regions of Georgia “without delay”.

Security Council members France, Ireland, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United States and Albania, as well as incoming members Japan and Malta condemned Russia’s illegal 2008 invasion of Georgia and its continued military presence and exercise of control over integral parts of the country, and called on the Kremlin to fully implement its obligations and commitments under the ceasefire agreement that ended the conflict.

 

The statement underlined the Russian invasion of Georgia in August 2008 had marked a “more aggressive trend” in Russia’s policy regarding its neighbouring countries and the European security architecture.

We deplore the continuous blatant violation of the territorial integrity of Georgia by the Russian Federation. We condemn Russia’s illegal invasion and continued military presence and exercising of control over Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, integral parts of Georgia, and its steps toward annexation of these Georgian regions”, the statement said.

The Security Council members also reiterated their condemnation of Russia’s “continuous provocations, the continued military presence and military drills on Georgia’s territory, the enhanced so-called “borderisation” process, unlawful detentions and kidnappings of the local population, hindrance of freedom of movement and lengthy closures of  so-called crossing points, discrimination against ethnic Georgians in Gali and Akhalgori districts, and prohibition on education in residents’ native language”. 

We recall with regret the uninvestigated murders of Georgian citizens Davit Basharuli, Giga Otkhozoria and Archil Tatunashvili, whose perpetrators  have not yet  been brought to justice and held accountable”, the statement noted in reference to Georgian nationals killed in the occupied territories.

The statement also called on Russia to withdraw its recognition of independence of the two occupied regions in the wake of the war.

We reiterate our 14 years old call to Russia to reverse the recognition of the so-called independence of Georgia’s territories Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, and not to impede the creation of an international security mechanism and allow access of international human rights organisations to both regions”, the statement concluded.

Georgian Foreign Minister Ilia Darchiashvili welcomed the statement and said the international community “manifests its support to Georgia and calls on Russia to implement the EU-mediated 2008 Ceasefire Agreement” through such statements.

 

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