Georgia, Tbilisi, Jan.21 / Trend, N.Kirtskhalia /
Georgian Foreign Ministry welcomes the European Parliament's resolution.
According to Georgian Foreign Ministry's statement, on Jan. 20, the European Parliament adopted a resolution "On an EU Strategy for the Black Sea", which calls on EU to draw up an integrated and comprehensive strategy for the Black Sea region to address the existing problems and ensure stability, security, democracy and prosperity on the ground.
"While underlining the strategic role and importance of the Black Sea region for the EU, the European Parliament stresses the need of enhanced efforts aimed at resolving challenges such as protracted conflicts, displaced populations, disputes between the states, cross-border crime, trafficking etc," the statement says.
With regard to the situation in Georgia, it is worth mentioning that the Resolution calls on the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Baroness Catherine Ashton to step up efforts to encourage Russia to fully comply with the 12 August 2008 six-point ceasefire agreement to stabilize and resolve the conflict with Georgia.
"Most importantly, the European Parliament expressed concern over the state of affairs and particularly human rights violations in Abkhazia, Georgia and the Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, Georgia and urges the EU therefore to respond actively to all incidents in the Black Sea region. It is noteworthy that the European Parliament referred to the Georgian regions as the "occupied territories"," the statement says.
Georgian Foreign Ministry welcomes the resolution adopted by the European Parliament and highly appreciates the initiative to elaborate the Black Sea Strategy.