Saakashvili guarantees non-use of force
Mikheil Saakashvili, the president of Georgia, claimed Georgia would never use force to restore territorial integrity, but reserves its right for defense in case of invasion in the rest 80 per cent of territories, Georgian mass media say.
He voiced it from the tribune of European Parliament in Strasbourg.
"By jeopardizing peace, we would place at risk everything we have achieved and everything we want to achieve in the coming years. And so I came here to announce a new step in our policy of constructive unilateralism. I am here to take an initiative that, I hope and with your help, will defuse the tensions and allow serious negotiations to start," he said.
Yet he added Georgia was working on the peace settlement with Russia. Still he added Georgia reserves the right to defend in case of invasion.
"Even if the Russian Federation refuses to withdraw its occupation forces, even if its proxy militias multiply their human rights violations, Georgia will only retain the right to self-defense in the case of new attacks and invasion of the 80% of the Georgian territory that remains under control of the Georgian government," he said.