OSCE PA: Observation mission must be restored in Georgia’s conflict zones
Georgia, Tbilisi, May 12 / Trend N. Kirtzkhalia /
The OSCE Observation Mission in Georgia's conflict zones must be restored, OSCE PA president Petros Efthymiou said at a briefing in Batumi.
The joint press conference between Efthymiou and chairman of the Georgian Parliament David Bakradze was held within the OSCE Economic Forum in Batumi on Saturday.
"We stand for peace talks to resolve the conflicts in Georgia and therefore support the negotiations in Geneva format," Efthymiou said. "It is unacceptable for us to use force in bilateral relations. We stand for the restoration of the OSCE mission in Georgia's conflict zones."
It should be stressed that the OSCE observation mission existing in Georgia has been removed due to Russia's position.
Efthymiou stressed that the OSCE supports and recognizes Georgia's territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.
"We urge to implement all international agreements on Georgia, including the ceasefire agreement of August 2008, which has not been fully implemented."
Bakradze thanked the OSCE for its support. He stressed that this organization has always adhered to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia.
"We are also grateful to the OSCE for the demand to implement the cease-fire agreement, as this is the main reason to avoid an escalation in the region," he said.