Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia: Elections in Abkhazia are not legitimate
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Nino Kalandadze called presidential elections in Abkhazia illegitimate. She urged the international community to give an adequate assessment of this event. As reported by "Georgia-News", Kalandadze announced this position today at a briefing to reporters.
"They hope to legitimize their current policy of "ethnic cleansing" and illegal "occupation of territory" of the foreign country through the so-called elections" - said Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia at the briefing.
"The future of Abkhazia will never be defined in such terms when Abkhazia carries out "ethnic cleansing" and three quarters of the population was forcibly expelled, in terms when this region of Georgia is "occupied" and is controlled by "occupying forces", in terms when most people do not have opportunities to exercise their rights - to take part in shaping the future of their region" - said the deputy head of the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
She urged the international community "to give an adequate assessment of this event and to condemn decidedly this particular act (the election) and its results".
Kalandadze also recalled to international observers working at the elections that they have "grossly violated the laws of Georgia".
"They (the observers) have apparently came under the influence of Moscow. I hope that most of them were not acquainted with the relevant information about the situation in Abkhazia. But perhaps a part of them has done it consciously, and thus has violated the Georgian legislation and international principles and norms" - concluded the official.