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Statement of the Estonia-Georgia Parliamentary Group of the Riigikogu in connection with the second anniversary of the military aggression of the Russian Federation against Georgia:

 ”Two years after the breakout of the war between Russia and Georgia, its consequences have not been liquidated. Large-scale violation of human rights and international law still continues.
The Georgian side has taken steps to liquidate the consequences of the war, but the Russian Federation has neither fulfilled the clauses of the peace treaty signed on 12 August 2008 nor adhered to the repeated appeals of international organisations to normalise the situation.
We consider it especially regrettable that
– a large part of the territory of Georgia is still occupied;
– the war refugees of South Ossetia and Abkhazia have no possibility to return to their homes;
– the citizens of Georgia, and also international organisations, and peacekeeping and humanitarian missions do not have access to the occupied territories.
Proceeding from these facts, and referring to the Statements adopted by the Riigikogu “In Support of Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity of Georgia” (23 April 2008) and “On Military Aggression of the Russian Federation against Georgia” (12 August 2008), we call on
– the Russian Federation to renounce one-sided recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, and take additional steps to restore the territorial integrity of Georgia;
– the international organisations, especially the UN, OSCE, Council of Europe and the European Union to consistently support the request for the territorial integrity of Georgia, contribute their assistance and continue demanding access to the occupied territories.”
On behalf of the Estonia-Georgia Parliamentary Group, Andres Herkel.
The Riigikogu Press Service