Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Davit Zalkaliani has released a special statement in connection with the 10th anniversary of Russia’s aggression against Georgia.
As Zalkaliani says in his video address, throughout 10 years of Russia’s aggression and occupation of two Georgian regions, Georgia has demonstrated firm determination towards peaceful conflict resolution.
“Throughout 10 years of Russia’s continuous aggression and occupation of two Georgian regions, Georgia has demonstrated firm determination towards peaceful conflict resolution. We have made a tremendous efforts, including in the Geneva International Discussions to address the security and human rights situation of conflict affected people. The Russian Federation continues the occupation of the integral regions of Georgia, in violation of international law and the EU mediated ceasefire agreement of August 2008. The way toward the sustainable peace lays on full implementation of the ceasefire agreement. Withdrawal of Russian forces is crucial for the conflict transformation. The security and human rights situation in the occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions remains alarming. New peace initiative “Step to a Better Future” is a bold step of our government to intensify reconciliation and engagement among the divided people. It is important that we remain united and send a clear message that Russia should stop its aggressive policy and reverse its illegal recognition of the so called independence of Georgia’s regions Abkhazia and south Ossetia and respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity Georgia within its internationally recognized borders”, – Minister of Foreign Affairs states.
According to Zalkaliani, despite the ongoing occupation Georgia has proved that it is a stable and democratic country, with European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations.
Throughout 10years of Russia’s aggression&occupation of 2 #GEO regions, we have demonstrated firm determination towards peaceful conflict resolution. We should remain united&send a message that Russia must stop its aggressive policy&respect GEO’s sovereignty&territorial integrity pic.twitter.com/uGyMCYOJWy
— David Zalkaliani (@DZalkaliani) August 6, 2018