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Tbilisi: UN resolution supports territorial integrity of Georgia2009-02-16 11:01
The UN resolution includes important elements of the national security of Georgia. In particular, the document indirectly supports sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country, the official statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia claims.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"Despite the interim character of the resolution, it contains elements of great significance for Georgia's national security. It is essential that Resolution 1866 is based on the previous resolutions of the UN Security Council, and in particular, Resolution 1808 of 15 April 2008, in which Security Council reaffirms its commitment to the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders," the statement informs.
Let us remind that on February 13th the UN Security Council unanimously adopted the Resolution 1866, which prolonged the UN presence mandate in Abkhazia and Georgia for 4 months - up to June 15th 2009. Both Russia and Georgia hailed the document.
Besides, the Foreign Ministry of Georgia stated it is ready to continue intensive work for working out the new mandate for the UN mission and the corresponding resolution in June 2009 - Kavkazskiy Uzel.
"Resolution 1866 emphasizes the necessity to implement the six-point cease-fire agreement of 12 August 2008, thus calling on Russia to restore the status quo, which existed prior to August war and to withdraw its troops unconditionally from the territory of Georgia," Tbilisi highlights.
The Ministry noted the importance of the regulation on the need of safe and dignified return of internally displaced persons and refugees, and inadmissibility of ethnic discrimination.
"In Resolution 1866 the UN Security Council welcomes the Geneva discussions and expresses hope that practical decisions will be reached within its framework,"the statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry underlines.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, in its turn, stated that this resolution will favor safeguarding peace and stability in the region.
Vitaliy Churkin, the Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN underlined that the safety zone between Georgia and Abkhazia should be shifted to Georgia.