Russia must dismantle barbed wire in Georgia’s separatist regions
Tbilisi, Georgia, May 1
By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:
Russia must immediately dismantle its barbed wire and other artificial barriers installed in Georgia's separatist regions, CE Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland said on April 30.
This was stated in CE Secretary General's ninth consolidated report "Conflict in Georgia", which was discussed at a meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, the Georgian foreign ministry told Trend on April 30.
The CE member-states appreciated the document during the debate on the report.
Only Russia's representative questioned the effectiveness of the consolidated report of the CE Secretary General.
CE member-states made a decision in which they expressed concern about human rights violations as a result of installing barbed wire at the administrative border with Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region.
Russia installed the barbed wire and other artificial barriers, according to a decision of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.
Along with other issues, this leads to the violation of fundamental human rights and freedoms.
The need for their removal was stressed.
Large scale military action was launched in South Ossetia on August 8, 2008. Later, Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and expelled the Georgian military.
Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in late August. In response, Tbilisi ended diplomatic relations with Moscow and has called the two unrecognized republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia occupied territories.
Translated by NH
Edited by CN