Issues related to the so-called borderization process in the Tskhinvali region have been discussed at the OSCE Permanent Council meeting

13.07.2017, Vienna  - At the request of the Georgian Delegation to the OSCE, issues related to the so-called borderization process in the Tskhinvali region were discussed at the OSCE Permanent Council meeting.
 
Deputy Permanent Representative to the OSCE Maka Bochorishvili made a statement providing representatives of the OSCE Member States with detailed information regarding the installation of barbed wire fences and artificial barriers along the occupation line, in particular in the villages of Bershueti, Tsitelubani and Khurvaleti, as a result of which several local farmers’ agricultural lands have now partially fallen beyond the occupation line. According to the diplomat, such provocative action of Russia aim to legalize occupation, restrict the fundamental rights of local residents and considerably damage the security situation on the ground.  
 
The Georgian delegation called upon the Russian Federation to stop the occupation of Georgia, reverse the recognition of Georgia’s occupied regions as independent states and respect the principles of international law and its commitments under the Ceasefire Agreement of 12 August 2008. The Georgian delegation also called upon the international community to duly assess the situation in Georgia’s occupied territory and take respective measures to stop Russia’s illegal actions directed against Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
 
Representatives of the United States, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Norway, Canada, 28 Member States of the EU, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, an Ukraine made statements in support for Georgia.

 A representative of Canada condemned the process of the so-called borderisation, which only makes it difficult for locals to move freely, and called on Russia to avoid actions that violate Georgia’s territorial integrity.

A United States representative said that the ongoing occupation of Georgian lands is unacceptable and urged Russia to rescind its recognition of the two Georgian regions as independent units.

A representative from the European Union stressed that such actions by Russia have a negative effect on a peaceful resolution of the conflict and they need to be stopped.

The OSCE Permanent Council meetings take place once a week in Vienna. The Permanent Council is the principal decision-making body for regular political consultations and for governing the day-to-day operational work of the OSCE between the meetings of the Ministerial Council.