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Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the restoration of maritime traffic between Russia and occupied Abkhazia, Georgia

logoRussian news agencies reported that on 17 August 2010 Russia restored maritime traffic with occupied Abkhazia, Georgia.

With this action the Russian Federation violates the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (Article 2), 9 March 1996 Agreement on Commercial Maritime Transport between the Government of the Republic of Georgia and the Government of the Russian Federation (Article 4, paragraph 3 and Article 2), Constitution of Georgia, 31 January 1996 Presidential Decree N140 and 3 August 2004 Presidential Decree N313, 23 October 2008 Law of Georgia on Occupied Territories. On 17 March 2010, the International Maritime Organization sent a Note to all member states, including the Russian Federation and international organizations on the aforesaid violations by the Russian side.

It needs to be emphasized that already on 17 September 2009 Russia made it clear to the world community that it does not find it necessary to comply with the universally recognized norms and principles of international law and restores its maritime traffic with occupied Abkhazia.

Russia's action is an open challenge to the international community and yet another clear demonstration that Russia does not consider itself bound by the norms of conduct prevailing in the international community.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia expresses its protest over this yet another gross violation of the universally recognized norms and principles of international law and urges the international community and international organizations to take respective measures to make Russia comply with its international commitments and ensure full and immediate de-occupation of Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region.

 

Tbilisi, 17 August 2010

 
 

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