The OSCE Permanent Council has discussed the issues relating to closure of the so-called crossing points in the occupied Abkhazia region

9.03.2017, Vienna - The OSCE Permanent Council held debates, at the initiative of Georgia’s Permanent Representation to the OSCE, over the closure of the so-called crossing points by the Russian occupation regime in the villages of Nabakevi and Otobaia, the Abkhazia region.
 
Permanent Representative of Georgia to the OSCE, Ambassador Konstantine Zaldastanishvili made a statement regarding the negative consequences of this decision, which serves for isolation of the occupied Abkhazia region from the rest of the world. According to the Ambassador, this decision grossly violates fundamental rights to freedom of movement, privacy and family life, access to education and health care for the local population further aggravating the already difficult humanitarian situation in the Abkhazia region. Ambassador Konstantine Zaldastanishvili called upon the Russian Federation to refrain from the provocative actions against Georgia, respect the fundamental principles of international law, as well as the commitments taken under the EU-mediated 12 August 2008 Ceasefire Agreement. He also appealed to the international community to duly assess the tendency of closure of the so-called crossing points and isolation of the occupied regions, also the so-called referendum to be held on 9 April in the Tskhinvali region, and to take effective measures with regard to Russia’s illegal steps undermining sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia.
 
Delegations of the U.S., EU and Canada made statements in support for Georgia (Canada made a statement on behalf of Norway as well).  The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Ukraine and Moldova joined the statements made on behalf of the EU.
 
Participants of the meeting unanimously condemned the closure of the so-called crossing points in Abkhazia reaffirming their unequivocal support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within the and internationally recognized borders.
 
They called on Russia to comply with its commitments under the ceasefire agreement and to grant the EUMM access to the Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions.
 
In his statement, the U.S. representative condemned the illegal referendum to be held in the Tskhinvali region reaffirming that the U.S. does not recognize the results of this so-called referendum.