Georgian president says Abkhazian election another attempt to legalize occupation

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Tbilisi, Georgia, Aug. 26

By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

The so-called presidential election held Aug. 24 in Georgia's occupied lands - in Abkhazia is another attempt of legitimizing occupation and gross disregard of international law, Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili said.

"Today Georgia's territorial integrity is being violated; there are armed forces of a foreign state in the occupied territories, and the human rights violation is continuing. As a result of the ethnic cleansing in Georgia's occupied territories most of the population is still displaced," the president said in a statement.

It was also emphasized in the statement that Russia up to this day has not fulfilled obligations under the ceasefire agreement of August 12, 2008 and other international documents. International organizations, including the EU observer mission, are not given an opportunity to visit the occupied territories.

"In such a situation any attempts aimed at legitimizing this reality by the so-called election, or by creating the illusion of existence of a democratic governance element are totally outrageous," Margvelashvili said.

"I would like to express gratitude to the international community, which condemned the so-called election in the occupied territories, and strongly supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia," according to the statement.

On Monday, Aug. 25, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili declined to comment on the so-called election in Abkhazia.

Large scale military action was launched in South Ossetia on August 8, 2008.

Later, Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and expelled the Georgian military.

Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in late August.

In response, Tbilisi ended diplomatic relations with Moscow and has called the two unrecognized republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia occupied territories.

Edited by CN

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