Mission of US and different countries to the OSCE responded to the discussion of the issue of Georgia’s occupation at the Permanent Council of the OSCE.
The United States welcomes Georgia’s package of proposals, which helps to improve the lives of people in Georgia’s regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
“Thank you for also highlighting Georgia’s package of proposals to improve the lives of people in Georgia’s regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The United States welcomes these measures, which help address the needs of the most vulnerable populations on both sides of the Administrative Boundary Lines. They provide increased opportunities for trade, mobility, improved livelihoods, and access to education,” the US mission to the OSCE said.
“We also thank you for sharing your frank assessment of the situation on the ground and the challenges facing participants in the Geneva International Discussions. The United States remains strongly committed to this format. At the forty-third round on March 27 and 28, the United States condemned the tragic death of Georgian citizen Archil Tatunashvili following his arrest and detention in South Ossetia in February, and the unacceptable delay in the return of his remains. The United States delegation called for a full and transparent investigation. The United States cited the tragic death as the most recent example underscoring the immediate need for international mechanisms to improve security and stability on the ground,” it said.
According to the statement, the United States regrets that participants were again not able to discuss internally displaced persons because of Russia’s walk-out from Working Group II.
“For almost 10 years, Russia has sought to create an alternate reality. While Georgia seeks opportunities for engagement with people living in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Russia maintains relations with two fictitious countries as a ruse to control and occupy regions of a neighboring sovereign state. We will continue to use the Permanent Council and other fora to hold Russia accountable for its violation of international law, and to expose Russia’s attempts to distort the truth and rewrite history. The United States urges Russia to withdraw its forces to pre-war positions per the 2008 ceasefire agreement and reverse its purported recognition of the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent States,” the statement reads.