Saakashvili stresses danger of occupied territories at nuclear security summit
Georgia, Tbilisi, March 27 / Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili drew attention of nuclear security summit's participants in Seoul to the so-called "black holes", i.e. territories of separatist Abkhazia and South Ossetia occupied by Russia and which are beyond control. As Georgian TV reported he said this in his five-minute address to the summit, which ended in South Korea.
The President of Georgia noted that his country has met all its obligations, but there is the danger of spreading nuclear dangers from uncontrolled territories.
"We do not have any information about the situation in these territories, and spread out of danger is quite real, since they may represent not only drug trafficking routes, but also the possible proliferation of nuclear materials," he said.
Saakashvili said that on Tbilisi-controlled territory all obligations are met as acknowledged by President Barack Obama, and in addition, Georgia brought its own laws in compliance with international standards.
Law on Nuclear Safety was adopted by the Parliament of Georgia last week, and during its elaboration, consultations were held with international experts.
Saakashvili said that no international monitoring was carried out in the occupied territories, although Agudzera [settlement in Abkhazia, 10 kilometers from Sukhumi] has facility that has relation to nuclear research.
Commenting on Saakashvili, Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze announced that Georgia is among the few countries that have fully met its commitments on nuclear safety.
"We have extremely tightened legislation on transit, spread of nuclear waste and materials," the minister said.
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.