Russian occupation of Georgia discussed at United Nations

11.08.2017, Tbilisi  -  On the occasion of  the 9th  anniversary of the Russia-Georgia War of 2008, Georgia’s Permanent Representation to the UN in New York conducted ‘Roundtable on the human rights and security related developments in Abkhazia, Georgia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia, Georgia” at the UN Headquarters
Georgia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Kaha Imnadze provided the participants of the meeting with updated information on the situation and latest developments in Georgia’s occupied regions.
Special attention, during the discusions, was paid to the human rights and security situation in Georgia’s occupied territories as well as to systematic violation of Georgian citizens’ rights in the region. Concern was expressed over the illegal installation of barbed wire fences  and so-called border demarcation banners along the occupation line and over the closure of  checkpoints that significantly restricts the right to free movement. Special mention was taken of restrictions placed on native language education. It was emphasized that such actions not only  violate the fundamental human rights of local residents, but also seriously damage the security situation on the ground and deter Georgia’s efforts towards peaceful resolution of the conflict.
Participants of the meeting were provided with information on the Georgian Government’s peace policy and efforts made in this direction.

The roundtable was attended by representatives of the UN member countries, EU delegation and UN system. Partner countries made statements made statements in support for Georgia.