Australia joined in denouncing the March 12 Parliamentary Elections in Abkhazia and the April 9 referendum in South Ossetia.
“Australia rejects recent ‘elections’ in Abkhazia and upcoming ‘referendum’ in South Ossetia; strongly support Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Gillian Bird, the Australian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, wrote in her Twitter post.
— Gillian Bird (@AustraliaUN) March 21, 2017
Voters in Abkhazia cast their ballots on March 12 to elect the region’s 35-member National Assembly.
Voters in South Ossetia will go to polls on April 9 to elect their new leader. Simultaneously with presidential polls, Tskhinvali will also hold a referendum on renaming the region to “the South Ossetia – the State of Alania,” which drew wide criticism in Tbilisi.