Speakers of eight countries call for cancellation of recognition

JURMALA/TALLINN, Aug 28, BNS – Speakers of the Nordic and Baltic countries’ parliaments condemned the Russian decision to recognize the independence of Georgia’s breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and called for cancellation of the decision.

At a meeting that ended in Jurmala, Latvia on Thursday, the speakers of the eight countries’ parliaments passed a statement in which they expressed support to Georgia’s territorial integrity and condemned the Russian decision to recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. They simultaneously appealed to Russia to rescind its decision.

The speakers said the Russian decision violated several resolutions of the United Nations Security Council on Georgia’s territorial integrity, which Moscow has endorsed.

It also contradicts the underlying principles of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

The parliament speakers added that Russia should immediately start full implementation of the six-point agreement and enable free access of humanitarian aid and rebuilding of the infrastructure.

They recalled their visit to Tbilisi on September 24 and 25 last year and underlined that it was important to continue parliamentary cooperation with Georgia, which would help Georgia get on with reforms and come closer to countries that cherish democratic values.

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