Statement by PACE co-rapporteurs about Abkhazia and South Ossetia

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Co-rapporteurs of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly Michael Astrup Jensen and Boris Tsilevich expressed their concern about the resumption of the installation of fences and other physical obstacles by Russian border guards along the administrative borderlines with South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

In this respect they are especially concerned about the fact that on several places the these obstacles are constructed deep into Tbilisi administered territory thereby moving the de facto boundaries.

“These fences and obstacles violate the cease fire agreement and are detrimental for livelihood of persons living in the border zone, irrespective of on which side of the boundaries they live. We therefore call upon Russia and the de facto authorities in South Ossetia and Abkhazia to halt the construction of such border works and to allow the free movement of civilians across the administrative borderlines” said the co-rapporteurs.

We would like to remind our readers that Abkhazia’s(Original name of this region is: Apkhazeti) and South Ossetia’s(Original name of this region is: Shida Kartli) independence is an excuse that Russia uses in order to keep a foot on the ground in the South Caucasus, as an occupier. If it weren’t for the so-called declarations of independence of these two occupied Georgian regions, Russia has no business or legal grounds to be in these regions. Abkhazia and South Ossetia are not independent and never will be. In both regions, huge contingents of Russian military and secret services are stationed.

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