Tbilisi, Georgia, Nov.22
By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:
Any steps towards annexation are doomed to fail not only for Georgia but for all the ethnic groups, said the president of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili, commenting on the intentions of Russia and Abkhazia to sign an agreement of alliance and integration.
He said that the future and security of ethnic groups are possible only within Georgia.
"We have repeatedly touched on this issue," said Margvelashvili. "We asked the parliament to fix its principled position as well. Then, discussion of these positions was held at the meeting of the Security Council. Following this, we have activated our actions in the international arena, and we also involved the whole society in the discussion, in my opinion, Abkhazian and Ossetian public as well."
"Any steps towards annexation are losing not only for Georgia but for all those ethnic groups, the future and the security of which are only possible as part of Georgia," he said.
The president said that Georgia is active in this direction and appropriate steps will be taken in the future as well.
"We talk about it openly," said Giorgi Margvelashvili. "We are active in this direction, and we will take steps in the future as well. Unfortunately, this issue can't be resolved immediately, and this is the issue we have confronted for a very long time."
On the night of August 8, 2008, military actions were launched on the territory of South Ossetia, Georgia. Later the Russian troops occupied the city and drove back the Georgian military. In late August, Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
In response, Tbilisi broke off diplomatic relations with Moscow and announced two unrecognized republics as occupied territories.