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Georgian Foreign Ministry commented upon the country’s withdrawal from CIS2009-08-18 14:30
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia spread a statement explaining reasons for country's withdrawal from the Commonwealth of Independent States - RosBalt.gt-en-newsitem-inside
According to the document, "in August 2008, Russia - a CIS member state unleashed against Georgia - also a CIS member state military aggression, carried out occupation of the inalienable parts of the Georgian territory, ethnic cleansing and recognition of the so-called ‘independence' of the proxy regimes set up by Russia on the occupied territories. Accent should be put on the involvement of Russian military detachments acting under the cover of the CIS collective peacekeeping forces in the preparation and implementation of military aggression against Georgia".
The Ministry reminded that on 14 August 2008 the Parliament of Georgia made decisions envisaging Georgia's withdrawal from the treaty on setting up the Commonwealth of Independent States of 8 December 1991, the charter approved by decision of the CIS heads of states on 22 January 1993, and the agreement on economic cooperation of 24 September, 1993.
On 18 August 2008, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia sent a note to the CIS Executive Committee informing of the Georgian Parliament's decisions and Georgia's withdrawal from CIS.
"At the same time, in accordance with the Vienna 1969 Convention on the Law of Treaties, Georgia remains part of the 75 multilateral agreements, the participation in which is not conditional on CIS membership, including the agreement on visa-free movement of nationals of the CIS member states, agreement on the creation of free trade zone, convention on mutual legal assistance in civil, family and criminal matters, etc.," the statement says.
"Georgia reaffirms its readiness to develop its bilateral relations with CIS member states on the basis of the principles of friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation, the universally recognized norms and principles of international law, respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity, inviolability of borders and non-interference in internal affairs of States", the document concludes.