Georgian Foreign Minister addresses UN Security Council on Georgia’s occupied territories

Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze addressed a United Nations Security Council meeting on February 21st, saying that the world has already seen Russian aggression in Georgia and then in Ukraine, and that it could possibly take place elsewhere if no action is to be taken.

He said that the conflict that started in the early 90s in Georgia reached its culmination in the 2008 Russian military intervention in the country and occupation of its territories, as the international community failed to respond to the early warning signs.

Despite Georgia’s constructive and peaceful policy Russia continues so called factual annexation of Georgian occupied regions.

Minister Janelidze stressed that Georgia has been long-committed to the constructive and peaceful policy of reconciliation and confidence building with Abkhaz and South Ossetian citizens: “Georgia is committed to good neighborly relations and strives to have peace in the region. It was in this spirit that Georgia undertook the commitment of unilateral, non-use of force, which has never been reciprocated.”

According to Minister, while the UN, OSCE and EU have been engaged in international talks between Georgia and Russia as the co-moderators of the Geneva International Discussions for 8 years now, more needs to be done to deliver on tangible results, which first and foremost requires political will and commitment from all. “Georgia stands ready to settle the conflict with the Russian Federation by exclusively peaceful means, in accordance with relevant international agreements and with full respect for the fundamental principles of international law,” stated Minister Janelidze.

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