Tbilisi, Georgia, Oct. 21
By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:
European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Fule considers it necessary to strengthen the political consultations in connection with Moscow's proposing an agreement on "Alliance and integration" to the puppet regime of Abkhazia.
Fule made this statement following an informal meeting with Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze and foreign ministers of the EU member-states, the Georgian foreign ministry reported Oct. 21.
A draft treaty on the alliance and integration between the Russian Federation and Abkhazia, prepared by the Russian side was sent to the so-called parliament of the region October 13, media reported.
The main areas of cooperation, integration and partnership are the introduction of a coordinated foreign policy, the formation of a common area of security and defense, the creation of a unified social and economic area, the preservation of the common cultural and humanitarian area in accordance with the project.
"Great support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia was stressed," Fule said. "We agreed on the need to strengthen the political consultations. We will reject the initiatives, which are contrary not only to the sovereignty and territorial integrity, but also the legitimate aspirations of the population living there. We must not miss any opportunity to fix our opinion."
Large-scale military action was launched between Georgia and Russia 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.
edited by CN