Eleventh Anniversary of August War against Georgia
Baku / 08/08/19 / Turan: August marks the 11th anniversary of Russia's widespread aggression against Georgia and the occupation of its integral regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali / South Ossetia. This was noted in a press release from the Georgian Embassy in Azerbaijan.
Despite all the efforts of Georgia and the international community, Russia has been continuing "illegal and provocative actions" for 11 years now. The humanitarian situation, the security situation and human rights are deteriorating every year in the occupied territories. The Russian Federation does not comply with the ceasefire regime of August 12, 2008, signed through EU mediation.
Instead of withdrawing troops, it further enhances the military presence in the occupied territories of Georgia. At the same time, Moscow is taking steps to annex Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region.
Provocations continue - the construction of barbed wires, illegal arrests, ethnic discrimination in the occupied territories, encroachments on the lives of Georgian citizens, restriction of their freedom of movement, and bans on learning in their native language.
The Government of Georgia appreciates the support of the international community for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia, as well as efforts to resolve the conflict peacefully.
Georgia asks the international community to direct joint efforts to eliminate the consequences of the war and resolve the Russian-Georgian conflict peacefully on the basis of international law.
Georgia also calls on the Russian Federation to cease illegal actions in Georgian territories, comply with international obligations, cancel decisions recognizing the independence of illegal regimes in the occupied territories, and comply with a ceasefire agreement signed in August 2008 with EU mediation.
It should be noted that Russia rejects the accusations by Georgia of the occupation and claims that its actions were aimed at protecting the population of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
In August 2008, Russian troops crossed the administrative borders of the former Georgian autonomies and penetrated deep inside Georgia. -06D-