Georgian Foreign Ministry hails decision of EU FMs’ Council on South Caucasus countries
Georgia, Tbilisi, Feb. 28 / Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia welcomes the decision of the EU Council of Foreign Ministers for the South Caucasus, including Georgia.
This paper points to "a special intensification" of relations between Georgia and the EU, the statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.
The Council of the EU foreign ministers adopted a resolution on Monday and expressed concern over the continued Russian military presence in Abkhazia and South Ossetia (Tskhinvali region), and reiterated its support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia.
"Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes the EU statement on the conflict in which it reiterates unwavering support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders and expresses concern over the fact that Russia has continued militarization of the Georgian regions - Abkhazia and South Ossetia," the ministry's statement said.
In its decision the EU calls on Russia to fulfill its obligations under the ceasefire agreement dated August 12, 2008, and on implementation of measures dated September 8, 2008, including access of the EU monitoring mission to the breakaway regions.
At the same time the EU urged the participants of the Geneva discussions to continue work on issues of security, noting that "there should be a clear commitment of Russia to non-use of force".
Military actions were launched in the Georgian territory, South Ossetia on Aug.8 in 2008. Later the Russian troops occupied the Tskhinvali city and drove the Georgian military back. Russia recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in late August. In response, Tbilisi broke off diplomatic relations with Moscow and announced two unrecognized republics as the occupied territories.