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PA NATO officially recognized occupation of Georgia's territories and supported its territorial integrity

Georgia Materials 17 November 2010 04:28 (UTC +04:00)
The Parliamentary Assembly of NATO has officially recognized the occupation of Georgia's territories in its resolution, Georgian deputy minister of foreign affairs Nino Kalandadze said at the special briefing.
PA NATO officially recognized occupation of Georgia's territories and supported its territorial integrity

Georgia, Tbilisi, Nov. 16 / Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /

The Parliamentary Assembly of NATO has officially recognized the occupation of Georgia's territories in its resolution, Georgian deputy minister of foreign affairs Nino Kalandadze said at the special briefing.

According to her, on Tuesday's evening PA NATO has adopted in Warsaw a resolution "for support of Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity". 

"This resolution is distinguished by its content and acuteness from all previous resolutions which were adopted by PA NATO. Georgia's regions: Abkhazia and Tskhinvali have been called the occupied regions of the country in this resolution", the deputy FM underlined.

According to Kalandadze's words, the resolution supports the "democratic reforms implemented by Georgia, particularly, the holding of local elections on May 30".

At the same time, according to Kalandadze's words, the resolution urges Russia to "fulfill all obligations taken by this state before the European Union within the agreement of cease-fire".

"Russia has been urged to take her troops away from Georgia's territory, to let refugees return to their homes with dignity and to provide the access of European Union's observers to the occupied territories", she noted.

Kalandadze considers the adoption of such a resolution prior to the NATO Lisbon summit "especially significant" event.

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.

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