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Statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry in reaction to the submission to the Russian Duma of the so-called agreements concerning Russia's military bases in Georgia's occupied territories and trainings against radiological and biological threats

On 8 August 2011, Russian President Medvedev submitted a series of so-called "agreements" concerning Russia's military bases in Georgia's occupied territories to the Russian Duma for ratification.

This act - which Russia has taken on the eve of the third anniversary of Russia's full-scale military aggression against Georgia - is yet another cynical step by which Russia demonstrates its lack of respect for universally-recognized norms and principles of international law, for its obligations according to the terms of the Ceasefire Agreement of 12 August 2011, and for the international community's consolidated stance regarding the inviolability of Georgia's internationally-recognized sovereign borders, the ethnic cleansing which has taken place in its occupied territories and the need to de-occupy these very territories.

According to reports in electronic media, on the same day (August 8), Russia's radiological and biological defence forces held exercises in the Russian Federation's Southern Military District, as well as in the Republic of Armenia and in the so-called "republics" of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. These exercises - whose aim is to monitor nuclear explosions, to carry out radiological and biological reconnaissance, aero-isolation, disinfection and decontamination of equipment - will proceed in two stages and are due to end by 2 October. They will involve 600 servicemen and 160 military vehicles.

The deadlock Russia has found itself in following its occupation of Georgian territory and its recognition of the so-called "independence" of the occupation regimes has led the Russian government to carry out absurd actions such as these trainings in defence against radiological and biological threats in Georgia's occupied territories.

If Russia really wishes to create a safe environment at its southern borders, the best way for it to do so would be to withdraw its occupying forces from Georgia's occupied territories, to agree to the deployment of international peacekeeping forces therein, to restore the functioning of the international monitoring missions it has expelled and, at the initial stage, to permit objective and unbiased monitoring of the situation by allowing the EU Monitoring Mission (with which the Georgian Authorities and Law Enforcement Agencies cooperate in the spirit of mutual understanding and transparency) to access Georgia's occupied territories.

Georgia once again declares that it is committed to the non-use of force, reaffirms its readiness to co-operate with the international community and international organizations with the goal of establishing peace and stability in the region, and demands that the Russian Federation reciprocally commit to the non-use of force, that it desist from the militarization of Georgia's occupied territories, that it fully comply with the provisions of the commitments it has undertaken (notably those of the 12 August 2008 Ceasefire Agreement), and that it ensure the full de-occupation of occupied Georgian territory.

 

Tbilisi, 9 August 2011

 

 
 

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