Georgian NGOs protest against amendments to Law on Occupied Territories

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Georgia, Tbilisi, 11 Feb. / Trend N.Kirtskhalia /

21 non-governmental organizations protested against the possible amendments to the law on "Occupied Territories" in front of the governmental office in Tbilisi on Monday.

"We believe that the easing of the law on "Occupied Territories" will be the first significant step toward concession of Georgian interests, which promotes the disruption of non-recognition policy of occupation of the territories," the protesters said.

Recall that on February7, the Government supported the bill, according to which first violation of the rules of entry into the occupied territories would result not in criminal, but administrative responsibility.

This bill will be submitted for approval to the Parliament of Georgia.

Large scale military actions were launched in South Ossetia in Georgia on August 8, 2008. Later, Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and expelled the Georgian military. Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia late in August. Tbilisi ended diplomatic relations with Moscow in response and has declared the two unrecognized republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia occupied territories.

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