Hague International Court to hear Georgia's case
Georgia, Tbilisi, September 14 / Trend N. Kirtskhalia /
Hearings on the Russia-Georgia war of 2008 in continue in The Hague today with Georgian representatives presenting their case to the International Court of Justice.
After the conflict, which resulted in two Georgian regions declaring independence with Russian backing, Georgia filed a lawsuit accusing Russia of racial discrimination, aggression and ethnic cleansing in Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region of South Ossetia.
Georgia plans to present dozens of documents which testify about the systematic persecution of Georgians in early 1990. Moscow denies the charges.
Russia will respond to Georgia's arguments on Sept. 17.
Military actions were launched in the unrecognized republic of South Ossetia in August 2008. Georgian troops entered Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia and later Russian troops occupied the city and drove the Georgian military back to Georgia. Russia recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia on Aug. 26 and established diplomatic relations with them on Sept. 9, 2008.