NATO does not recognize elections in Georgia’s separatist regions
Georgia, Tbilisi, March 27 / Trend N. Kirtzkhalia /
NATO does not recognize the so-called elections and continues supporting Georgia, NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia James Appathurai said in an interview with Georgian Public Broadcasting.
He said that NATO's position toward Georgia remains unchanged. "We recognize Georgia's territorial integrity and its sovereignty within internationally recognized borders," he said.
The so-called parliamentary elections in Georgia's separatist region Abkhazia were held in single-member constituencies on the basis of secret ballot on March 10. The second round of elections was held in the remaining 22 constituencies on March 24, seven of which are in Sukhumi.
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.