Russia-South Ossetia agreement illegitimate, says Georgian FM
Tbilisi, Georgia, Feb.18
By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:
Georgian Foreign Ministry condemns the signing of a so-called agreement on "state" border between Russia and South Ossetia on Feb.18, Georgian Foreign Minister Tamar Beruchashvili told reporters in Tbilisi.
Russia and Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia signed a "border agreement" on Feb.18. It envisages the abolition of all border formalities at the South Ossetian section of the Georgian-Russian border.
"This agreement is illegitimate and has no legal effect," said the foreign minister. "No one recognizes it except the countries which traditionally recognize the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia."
"We will take active diplomatic steps against all of this in the international, bilateral and multilateral formats," said the minister, adding that the country will drew the attention of the international community to this issue.
"On the one hand, the policy of non-recognition and on the other hand, the creation of opportunities for cooperation, the peaceful settlement of the conflict is our main task," said Beruchashvili.
Edited by SI