Comment of the Press and Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 In connection with the presidential inauguration ceremony scheduled to take place on 10 January 2019 in Venezuela, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia states that Georgia does not recognize legitimacy of the Venezuelan president’s new mandate. Georgia as a responsible member of the international community, does not recognize results of the Venezuelan presidential elections of 20 May 2018, which were conducted in an unequal, unfair and non-democratic environment. In this context, Georgia joins the international community’s call on the Venezuelan government to comply with the rule of law and recognize the mandate of the legitimately elected National Assembly.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has many times expressed its critical position regarding the violation of the freedom of election and other rights of the Venezuelan people. Georgia aligns itself with the strict statements of the international community regarding the ongoing processes in Venezuela and condemns actions which aim to further complicate humanitarian crisis and aggravate violence.
Against such background, the participation in the so-called inauguration ceremony of the leaders of the Russian occupation regimes in Sokhumi and Tskhinvali serves the only goal of achieving the legitimation of the ongoing occupation of the Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions and ethnic cleansing conducted there by portraying the so-called independence of the occupied territories.
These illegal attempts will have no consequences; the international community is unanimous in supporting Georgia’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and non-recognition policy of the occupied territories. States that engage in any contact with illegal regimes in Georgia’s occupied territories are blatantly violating the fundamental norms and principles of international law that brings them into isolation and under harsh criticism from the international community.