President: Georgia refuses to use force to restore its integrity
Georgia, Tbilisi, Nov. 23 /Trend, N.Kirtskhalia/
Mikhail Saakashvili has initiated peace talks with Moscow. "We need serious negotiations to ensure peace and stability in the region," Saakashvili said today in Strasbourg during his speech before the European Parliament.
In this regard, the President of Georgia has unilaterally declared that "Georgia will never resort to force to restore its territorial integrity, and expel the invaders from its territory."
"Although we believe that we signed a ceasefire agreement in 2008 that fully commits us not to use force, we are ready to send an official letter to the UN, OSCE and EU on our readiness not to use force under any circumstances, or against the invaders, or against their puppets even if Russian troops leave Georgia," Saakashvili said.
The President of Georgia underlined that "he recognizes only a peaceful way to restore Georgia's territorial integrity".
According to Saakashvili, Georgia's peace initiatives will be effective with the support of the EU, "and I ask you about it." "It is essential that no new Grozny and the new Berlin wall would not be, and Europe should also play a big role in this regard," the Georgian president said.
"My proposal is a declaration of my country, but everyone should know how it was hard and difficult for us to make this decision, provided that there are 500,000 refugees in our country," Saakashvili said. - We are ready to continue Geneva talks, but we are also ready for a political dialogue, as the current situation in the region is unstable. We want to encourage our opponents to negotiate," Saakashvili said.
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.