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Lavrov reminded Tbilisi and the West the principles of international law2009-04-24 22:39
Georgia's territorial claims are not only absurd but are contrary to the principles of the United Nations, Sergey Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister commented, on Saakashvili's regime current policy.
"It is stipulated in the 1970 UN Declaration with regard to the principle of territorial integrity that a state will possess territorial integrity provided it observes the rights of all nations living in this territory", - Sergey Lavrov stated in his latest interview with BBC. - Saakashvili violated this principle, ordered to kill the people he considered citizens of his country and personally ruined Georgia's territorial integrity".
As the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry said his country had always advocated respect for the international law and would always do adding the peace enforcement operation in Georgia had been carried out within law.
"Saakashvili's regime attacked the Russian peacekeepers, that were deployed there on legal basis and had an international mandate acknowledged by the OSCE, - Sergey Lavrov underlined, - it attacked civilians of South Ossetia with Russian citizens among them. In compliance with the international law this is an assault on the Russian Federation. Article 51 of the UN Charter recognizes a state's unalienable right to self-defense in case of an armed assault".
Indeed it took Saakashvili a long time to prove to the world that it had been Georgia who attacked Tskhinval on the Beijing Olympic Games opening day as an aggressor because of the Western patrons' indulgence. At all times when the Olympic fire was lit all wars were stopped. However it was more important for Georgia to restore its notorious territorial integrity. It is still unclear what Saakashvili was hoping for: to win Tskhinval by force and coercively return the territory lost almost 20 years ago? But this was another violation of the UN Charter by the Georgian leader as one of its clauses reads: "The organization shall maintain international peace and security, and to that end: shall take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression, develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples."
By that time the people of Abkhazia and South Ossetia had long been self-determined. "In compliance with the USSR law as of April 3 1990 the republics seceded from Georgia", - Sergey Lavrov pointed out. - The validity of this is beyond dispute as Georgia withdrew from the USSR in virtue of the same law.