The Delegation of the European Union to Georgia released a statement on the occasion of the 11th anniversary of the Russian-Georgian war, noting that “the Russian Federation has not only maintained but increased its military presence in both Abkhazia and South Ossetia, in violation of international law and its commitments under the 12 August 2008 agreement.”
It also noted that “fundamental human rights of the conflict-affected population continue to be violated, including through restrictions on freedom of movement by so-called ’borderization’, temporary closures of crossing points and illegal detentions and through the violation of the right to safe and dignified return of internally displaced persons and refugees.”
The European Union welcomes and supports “sincere and apolitical efforts on all sides to address humanitarian and security issues.”
According to the statement, “since the 1990s, the European Union has striven to help find a peaceful resolution to the conflicts in Georgia.” It further noted that the European Union “will continue these efforts, including through the activities of the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia, its engagement as co-chair in the Geneva International Discussions, and the continued presence of the EU Monitoring Mission, the only international monitoring mission on the ground.”
“The European Union will continue to support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders,” the statement reads.