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Foreign Minister Pentus-Rosimannus: The agreement signed in Sochi today reflects Russia's desire to annex part of Georgia
Foreign Minister Pentus-Rosimannus said that the so-called Treaty on Alliance and Integration between the authorities of Russia and the de facto authorities of Abkhazia is a cause for great concern. "There is a threat that such activities will lead to the annexation of part of the territory of Georgia by Russia," the Foreign Minister said. "This step is in violation of Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity and is contrary to international law, the commitment that Russia has made before the Council of Europe and to the so-called six-point peace plan," she added.
Pentus-Rosimannus estimates that the agreement signed today also damages the Geneva negotiations process and thereby the security and stability of the entire region. "Russia's current activities in Abkhazia, including the erecting of border installations is illegal," she said. "We call on Russia to fulfil all of its 2008 ceasefire commitments, including the removal of its troops to pre-conflict positions. Also, we consider it important that the representatives of the European Union observer mission have access to areas of Abkhazia," the Foreign Minister added.