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The Georgian Foreign Minister has given a special statement concerning the so-called ''treaty'' signed between Russia and the occupation regime of Abkhazia

The Georgian Foreign Minister, Ms Tamar Beruchashvili, today gave a special statement concerning the treaty signed between Russia and the occupation regime of Abkhazia, denouncing the signature of the so-called "treaty on alliance and strategic partnership" as a violation of fundamental principles of international law and as a further step taken by Russia towards the annexation of Abkhazia.

"The signature of the so-called treaty on alliance and strategic partnership represents a further step of the Russian Federation towards the de-facto annexation of the region of Abkhazia. The Georgian government condemns this illegal move and calls upon the international community to properly assess this act, which is directed against Georgia's territorial integrity in violation of fundamental principles of international law. This so-called treaty is a flagrant violation of the commitments undertaken by Russia under the 12 August 2008 Ceasefire Agreement. Its signature will negatively affect the security situation in Georgia's occupied territories, and will have negative consequences in the wider context of European security as well. This so-called treaty is devoid of any legal basis and will therefore never be recognized by the international community. Despite this fact, we urge our international partners to once again condemn this act.

The signature of the so-called treaty constitutes a deliberate move by Russia in reaction to Georgia's European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations. Georgia continues to steadily proceed with its course of European and Euro-Atlantic integration, and will adopt all possible measures, in co-ordination with our partners, to ensure that citizens living in the occupied regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali can also benefit from this prospect. Georgia has been constantly pursuing an active dialogue with its international partners in reaction to the threats posed by the so-called treaty, but from now we will intensify our international efforts even further", the Georgian Foreign Minister stated giving a factual account of the chronology of the measures the Foreign Ministry has recently taken.

‘On the 15th of October 2014, the Georgian Foreign Ministry made an official statement on the text of the so-called draft "treaty". That same day, diplomatic representatives of Georgia abroad were given special instructions and were assigned the task to hold high-level meetings in their host countries with a view to ensuring the latter take action.

‘On the 20th of October, a meeting was held in Luxembourg between the Georgian Foreign Minister and the Foreign Ministers of the 28 member states of the European Union. The vast part of this dialogue was devoted to this so-called "treaty". Later that day, the Georgian Foreign Ministry also hosted a meeting with foreign diplomats in Georgia, who were given exhaustive information on this issue.

‘Numerous meetings were also held with all three co-chairs of the Geneva International Discussions, and on the 23rd of October Georgia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations gave a speech before the General Assembly's First Committee on Disarmament and International Security.

‘On the 24th of October, Georgia's Permanent Representative to the European Council addressed the Committee of the Deputy Foreign Ministers.

‘On the 30th of October, a meeting of the Georgia-NATO Council was held to discuss this issue, during which Georgia requested to that a meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission be held within the framework of the meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers.

‘That same day, Georgia's Permanent Representative to the OSCE addressed the OSCE Permanent Council.

‘On the 6th of November, the co-chairs of the Geneva International Discussions addressed the OSCE Permanent Council.

‘This issue was also discussed by the Georgian Prime Minister with NATO and the European Union during his visit to Brussels and by the Georgian Foreign Minister during the meetings she held in London and Prague.

‘Besides, just a few hours ago, the Baltic Assembly made a special statement condemning the signing of the so-called "treaty", the Minister stated.

According to the Minister, Georgia will once again put high on the international agenda this illegal action of Russia. 

‘I wish to emphasize that Georgia will raise the issue of Russia's illegal actions with international organizations, including the United Nations, where we have already requested to hold a meeting with the Security Council; with the European Council's Special Permanent Council. Besides, we requested the European Council, NATO and the European Union for appropriate reaction. We already have telephone conversations with our partners. Georgia will also raise and discuss the matter of the so-called "treaty" during the Geneva International Discussions on the 10th of December.

‘Georgia will use all instruments and will call upon its international partners to condemn the so-called "treaty" and to urge the Russian Federation to desist from all actions directed against international law,' Ms Beruchashvili declared.

Tbilisi, 24 October 2014


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