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The term "occupied territories" introduced in the document of the OSCE PA

2012-07-09 14:30

Georgian delegation to the OSCE PA is pleased to note that the term "occupied territory" in relation to Abkhazia and South Ossetia has appeared in the draft resolution of the international organization, the IA Regnum reported.


July 8, draft resolution "Situation in Georgia", sponsored by the Polish MP Michal Scherba, was approved by the OSCE General Committee on Political Affairs and Security. The document will be submitted to the plenary session July 9.

The text of the draft resolution, published on the official website of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, confirms support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders and expresses concern "about the humanitarian situation of displaced persons in Georgia and in the occupied territories of Abkhazia (Georgia) and South Ossetia (Georgia), as well as about the denial of the right to return to their homes".

Accordingly, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly calls on all the parties "to respect the principles of international law, to fully implement the ceasefire agreement brokered by the EU and improve the efficiency of the Geneva process as the most comprehensive international mechanism for resolving the protracted conflict".

According to the head of the Georgian delegation, Vice-Speaker Gigi Tsereteli, 55 of the 56 countries represented in the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, unequivocally support the resolution, the Echo of the Caucasus reported.

"We are confident in support of our colleagues who will discuss the situation in Georgia and accept the resolution on it", Tsereteli noted.

He stressed that the resolution recognizes the fact of occupation of Georgia and requires allowing the mission of the EU observers to come to these areas to ensure the dignified return of refugees to their homes.

Russia is against the adoption of this resolution.


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