The situation in Georgia’s occupied regions discussed with the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs

11.08.2017, Tbilisi  - Georgia’s representative to the UN Kaha Imnadze met with UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Miroslav Jenca.

Georgia’s permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) Kaha Imnadze briefed UN members on the human rights and security situation in the Russian-occupied Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali nine years after the August War. He said that despite the international community’s repeated calls, Russia continues to violate its commitments under the ceasefire agreement.

The Georgian representative stressed that the process of borderisation not only grossly violates the fundamental human rights of local residents, but also seriously damages the security situation on the ground and deters Georgia’s efforts of peaceful resolution of the conflict. According to him, the closure of so-called checkpoints and illegal installation of barbed wire fences and other barriers grossly violate the local population’s right to free movement. The sides also paid special attention to restrictions placed on native language education.

Kaha Imnadze highlighted the importance of creating international security mechanisms and the necessity of human rights monitoring on the ground.