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Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on Russia's non-compliance with the Ceasefire Agreement

LogoAfter two years from the signing of the August 12, 2008 Ceasefire Agreement, Russia continues its non-compliance with this agreement and remains in substantial breach of almost every provision.

1. Non-use of force

Due to non-constructive attitude of Russia, as an aggressor and a party to the conflict, it is still difficult to achieve progress on the agreement on non-use of force between Russia and Georgia, which is one of the main issues of the Geneva Discussions.

2. A definitive halt to hostilities

Despite the fact that today there are no hostilities on the ground, Russian armed forces and the illegal armed formations of its proxy regimes continuously resort to looting, kidnapping, burning houses, destruction of historical monuments, forced passportization, organizing armed attacks and terrorist acts on civilians and policemen, detaining residents illegally and other criminal acts. Since August 2008, Russian occupiers and its proxy regimes have been responsible for 11 deaths of Georgian law-enforcers and 10 civilian casualties in the territories adjacent to the administrative boundary lines of Tskhinvali Region, Georgia and Abkhazia, Georgia. More than 90 persons have been injured as a result of such incidents.

The already existing volatile situation is further deteriorated due to the Russia's ongoing opposition to the restoration of international presence, namely, the vetoed UN and OSCE missions on the territory of Georgia.

3. Provision of free access for humanitarian assistance

The Russian Federation's armed forces and FSB security personnel have been consistently blocking the access of humanitarian aid to the Tskhinvali region and surrounding villages. Even though the provision of humanitarian aid is not a political issue, Russian Federation and its proxy regime in Tskhinvali are attempting to politicize this issue by establishing unacceptable illegal rules for humanitarian missions.

4. Georgian military forces must be withdrawn to the places of their permanent dislocation

On August 10, 2008, Georgia declared about its intention to unilaterally cease the fire. The armed forces of Georgia had returned to the place of their permanent deployment, prior to the signing of the August 12, 2008 Ceasefire Agreement. Georgia remains committed to the obligations taken under the above-mentioned agreement that was praised by the EUMM on numerous occasions. Moreover, the Georgian side has unilaterally signed the memorandum of understanding with the EUMM, under which Georgia has limited the movement of military equipment and personnel in the adjacent territory of the occupation line. Russia has not responded to the call from the EUMM to sign the similar memorandum of understanding. 5. Russian forces must be withdrawn to their positions prior to the outbreak of hostilities, while awaiting an international mechanism, Russian peacekeeping forces will implement additional security measures

After the Ceasefire Agreement was signed on September 12, 2008, Russian troops have occupied the additional territories, which have never been part of the conflict, such as: Akhalgori region, Upper Abkhazia and the village of Perevi. Instead of fulfilling the commitments, Russia is continuously increasing the military presence on the occupied territories of Georgia and is building the military bases in order to ensure its illegal presence on the ground (5 military bases, approximately 10 000 military personals). It has to be mentioned that Russia does not allow the only existing international mechanism on the ground, the EUMM to thoroughly fulfill its mandate and have an access to the Georgia's occupied territories.

6. Opening of international discussions on security and stability modalities in Abkhazia and South Ossetia

In violation of the international principles and norms, the Russian Federation preempted all future discussions regarding the stability and security of Georgian regions: Abkhazia and Tskhinvali/South Ossetia by unilaterally recognizing their independence.

Russia's intentional unconstructive position contains a threat to Geneva discussions, established on the basis of the Agreement signed on September 8, 2008 and makes it impossible to achieve concrete results.

Tbilisi, 12 August 2010

 

 
 

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