Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the signing of so-called agreement between the Russian Federation and its occupation regime in Sokhumi on the establishment of the joint information-coordination center

18.05.2017 Tbilisi - ​The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia condemns the signing of so-called agreement between the Russian Federation and its occupation regime in Sokhumi on “the rules of establishment and functioning of the joint information-coordination center of agencies for internal affairs” that took place on 18 May 2017.
 
Creation by the Russian Federation of so-called joint group of armed forces in Abkhazia region, now followed by the merger of law enforcement and investigative bodies, which were envisaged by 2014 so-called treaty on alliance and strategic partnership, represent a clear proof of factual annexation process of the occupied region. 
 
The so-called agreement totally disregards fundamental principles and norms of international law such as sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of internationally recognised borders. This is an intentional step taken by the Russian Federation to undermine peace policy of the Georgian Government, supported by international community. Such kind of actions contribute to destabilization of the situation in the region and harm the Geneva International Discussions.
 
Ongoing illegal processes in the occupied territories of Georgia vividly demonstrate the need for firm and consolidated international efforts. We appeal to the international community to take effective measures aimed at de-occupation and prevention of annexation of Georgia’s occupied regions.