On 7 August, the EU Delegation to Georgia issued a statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Georgia to mark the 11-year anniversary of the conflict between Russia and Georgia.
“Eleven years have passed since the August 2008 conflict between the Russian Federation and Georgia,” started the statement. “During this time the Russian Federation has not only maintained but increased its military presence in both Abkhazia and South Ossetia, in violation of international law and its commitments under the 12 August 2008 agreement.”
The EU added that fundamental human rights of the conflict-affected population “continue to be violated, including through restrictions on freedom of movement by so-called ’borderisation’, temporary closures of crossing points and illegal detentions and through the violation of the right to safe and dignified return of internally displaced persons and refugees”.
“The conflicts in Georgia have caused displacement and trauma to the lives of thousands of people and that legacy now affects generations,” the statement highlighted. “The EU welcomes and supports sincere and apolitical efforts on all sides to address humanitarian and security issues.”
The EU reminded that, since the 1990s, it has striven to help find a peaceful resolution to the conflicts in Georgia, adding that these efforts were substantially stepped up 11 years ago and continue to this day.
In conclusion, the EU said it will continue to support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognised borders.
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