About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 17:02 - 26 Jul.'17
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Tbilisi Condemns Polls in Tskhinvali Region
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 10 Apr.'17 / 12:37

In a statement issued on April 9, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia said that “the so called presidential elections and referendum” in Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia are “illegal and could not have any legal effect.”

The Ministry stressed that the Russian Federation keeps violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia and attempts “to legitimize the consequences of several waves of ethnic cleansing, military invasion and ongoing occupation of Georgian regions.”

According to the Ministry, the name-change referendum in the region “aims at laying the ground for its illegal annexation” by the Russian Federation, along with the signing of the “so called agreement on incorporation of the unlawful military units of the Tskhinvali Region into the armed forces of the Russian Federation.”

“By such provocative actions, the Russian Federation intentionally impedes the efforts of peaceful conflict resolution, including within the Geneva International Discussions and hinders the confidence building between the communities divided by occupation lines,” is noted in the statement. 
The MFA also called upon the international community “to give a due assessment to the illegal so called elections and referendum” in the region.

Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili delivered similar messages in his statement, adding that he is “convinced that we, Georgians and Ossetians, will find a way to reconcile and overcome this historically nonexistent alienation and will work together on building our common homeland, our mutual common - Georgia.”

President Giorgi Margvelashvili also issued his reaction, calling the referendum and election “an act directed against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia”, as well as against “the basic principles of international law.”

The President stressed that it was impossible to speak about the people’s free choice or free expression of will in the region “from where huge part of the population has been expelled as a result of ethnic cleansing, and where actual control is being exercised by the occupying force of a foreign country.”

President Margvalashvili added that holding the so called referendum was directed at transforming the creeping occupation into open annexation, drawing parallels with Russia’s actions in Crimea, Ukraine in 2014. He also called on the international community to firmly respond to these actions by Russia, saying that they threatened not just Georgia, but “the universal and fundamental principles, on which the modern international order is based.”

The South Ossetian polls have already been denounced by the U.S. Department of State, European External Action Service (EEAS) Spokesperson, the U.S. Embassy in Georgia as well as other international partners such as Japan, Poland and Ukraine.

RELATED
Latest News
26 Jul.'17 17:02
Central Bank Keeps Key Rate at 7%
The next meeting of NBG’s monetary policy committee has been scheduled for September 6.
26 Jul.'17 15:21
Russian Patriarch Meets Anatoly Bibilov in Moscow
Moscow-backed Tskhinvali leader visits the Russian Patriarch during his two-day stay in Moscow.
26 Jul.'17 14:24
Preparations Underway for U.S.-led Military Drills in Georgia
Over 2 800 troops from NATO and partner nations will train in Georgia from July 30 to August 12.
26 Jul.'17 13:22
Two of Three Georgian Nominees for Vacant ECHR Judge Position Rejected
Council of Europe experts concluded that Georgian candidates failed to meet qualification requirements.
26 Jul.'17 11:37
CSOs: PM Kvirikashvili’s Church Statements ‘Irresponsible’
Giorgi Kvirikashvili said on July 23 that secularism “in its classical sense is misplaced in Georgia.”
25 Jul.'17 12:49
European Parliament Members on Georgia’s EU Membership Perspective
Civil.ge reached out to MEPs on the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit.
24 Jul.'17 17:15
Georgian, Israeli PMs Meet, Discuss Cooperation
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili is on a two-day official visit to Israel.
24 Jul.'17 14:23
European Georgia Rallies against ‘Russian Fascism’ in Georgia
The March of the Georgians movement activists failed to thwart the rally.
21 Jul.'17 22:00
NDI’s Pre-Election Assessment: Two Divergent, Parallel Georgias
National Democratic Institute’s delegation assessed the pre-election environment ahead of municipal polls.
21 Jul.'17 17:41
President Trump Names New European-Eurasian Affairs Point Man
Wess Mitchell will lead the State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2017, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
93