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Estonia joined a statement condemning the sham elections in occupied Abkhazia

22. March 2020 - 19:34

Today 22 March, so-called presidential elections are held in Georgia’s occupied Abkhazia region.

Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu emphasised that Estonia would not recognise these elections and would keep a constant focus on the continued aggression in Georgia.

“The sham elections held in Abkhazia today violate international law. It should be seen as part of Russia’s intensifying hybrid and influence activities against Georgia, which include a significant deterioration of the situation on the administrative line of control of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, cyberattacks against Georgia and intensified disinformation campaigns,” Foreign Minister Reinsalu said.

In the joint statement by the members of the OSCE’s Group of Friends of Georgia, Estonia as well as Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Canada, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United States of America, state they would not recognise the legitimacy of the so-called presidential elections on 22 March in Georgia’s occupied Abkhazia region.

In the joint statement, the countries reiterate their full support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia within its internationally recognised borders. “We remain deeply concerned over the continued occupation of the territory of Georgia,” the statement says.

“We once again urge Russia to fulfil all of its obligations under the EU-mediated 12 August 2008 ceasefire agreement, including the withdrawal of its forces to their positions prior to the outbreak of hostilities and the provision of free access for humanitarian assistance to these regions. We also call on Russia to reverse its recognition of the so-called independence of the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia,” the statement says.

The Group of Friends of Georgia supports negotiations between parties under the Geneva International Discussions format.

Read the full statement:

Additional information:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
Communication Department

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