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Georgian parliament adopts a statement in follow-up to Medvedev’s visit to Tskhinval2009-07-16 17:39
Deputies of Georgian parliament adopted "Statement of the Parliament of Georgia on Illegal Entry of the President of the Russian Federation Dimitri Medvedev on the Georgian Territory Occupied by Russia". The document was passed unanimously.gt-en-newsitem-inside
As News Georgia reports the statement had 84 deputy votes with only 50 enough for the quorum. Parliamentary minority didn't take part in the voting after leaving the session in protest to the introduced amendments to the laws on assembly and manifestation and to the law on police.
It is noteworthy that initially the parliament's statement referred to "the visit", but Speaker David Bakradze and some more deputies insisted on its substitution by "entry". "The word "visit" in this case is absolutely out of line with what was taking place two days ago", - Bakradze believs.
The statement has 7 clauses. In the first clause the Parliament of Georgia condemns "the entry of the President of Russian Federation Dimitri Medvedev on the Georgian territory occupied by Russia as an illegal crossing of the Georgian state border".
In the second clause it condemns "the blocking of extension of the UN and OSCE missions in Georgia by the Russian Federation".
As stated in the third clause deployment of the Russian Federal Security Service Border Forces on Georgia's borders with Abkhazia and South Ossetia deserves reproof too.
The Parliament of Georgia condemns the conduct of Caucasus 2009 exercises "in close vicinity of Georgian borders, similar to the period preceding the 2008 aggression", the fourth clause reads.
"The Parliament of Georgia notes that an attempt by the Russian federation to annex Georgian territory through military occupation and ethnic cleansing represents a threat not only to the sovereignty of Georgia but to that of the region and Europe at large", - Clause 5 goes.
Russia's acts above are in breach of fundamental norms of international law as well as the Russian Federation commitments, the sixth clause states.
In the final seventh clause the Parliament of Georgia calls upon the international community to give adequate legal assessment to "the entry of the President of the Russian Federation to the occupied Georgian territory".
The statement shall be referred to all heads of parliaments of Georgia's allies as well as the EU and USA governments and international organizations including the UN, EU and OSCE.