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Syrian Opposition Leader Denounces Abkhazia, S.Ossetia Recognition

Abdurrahman Mustafa, President of the Syrian National Coalition, a political platform uniting the main Syrian opposition groups, denounced Assad regime’s recognition of the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Mustafa, who represents the Syrian Turkmen Council in the Coalition, made the statement at his June 5 meeting with the Georgian …

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After Assad Debacle, Syrian Opposition backs Georgia

Precisely a month after Georgia has severed diplomatic relations with the Damascus following Assad regime’s decision to recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Tbilisi has scored a point by achieving the backing of the Syrian opposition for its territorial integrity. Georgian Public Television has quoted Nasr al-Hariri, President of the Syrian …

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IPRM Meeting Suspended over ‘Otkhozoria-Tatunashvili List’

The 57th Incident Prevention and Response Mechanisms (IPRMs) in Abkhazia’s eastern Gali district was reportedly suspended today as Russian and Abkhaz participants left the meeting over their disagreement with Georgian representatives. Irakli Antadze of the State Security Service of Georgia said after the meeting that the case of Giga Otkhozoria, …

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Government Unveils Tatunashvili-Otkhozoria List

The Government of Georgia approved yesterday the so called Otkhozoria-Tatunashvili list, a decree authorizing Foreign Affairs and Justice Ministries to work with foreign partners and international organizations on imposing visa restrictions against individuals included in the black list, and to ban their financial and property transactions. The list includes 33 persons, mostly …

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U.S. Congressmen Introduce Bipartisan Georgia Support Act

Two United States’ Congressmen Ted Poe and Gerald Connolly introduced a bipartisan resolution in the House of Representatives on June 26, reasserting the U.S.’ support for Georgia’s sovereignty and condemning “the forceful and illegal Russian invasion of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia.” The draft resolution, titled as the Georgia Support …

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Georgia to Blacklist 33 Persons for Grave Human Rights Violations in Abkhazia, S.Ossetia

Georgian authorities will blacklist 33 persons convicted or charged with grave crimes committed against the citizens of Georgia in the occupied regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali/South Ossetia since early 1990s. The draft government decree, which draws on the bipartisan parliamentary resolution and sets the so called “Otkhozoria-Tatunashvili List,” was presented by …

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U.S. Congressmen Introduce Bipartisan Resolution on Georgia

A group of eight U.S. Congressmen, including Ted Poe and Gerald Connolly, Co-Chairmen of the House Georgia Caucus, introduced a bipartisan resolution regarding Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova into the House of Representatives on June 20, reaffirming the United States support to three countries’ efforts “to retain political sovereignty and territorial …

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44th Round of Geneva International Discussions

The 44rd round of the Geneva International Discussions (GID) – the multilateral mediation forum to address security and humanitarian consequences of the Russo-Georgian War of August 2008 – was held on June 20. The GID are co-chaired by the representatives of the OSCE, EU and UN, and involve representatives from …

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OSCE Ambassadors Visit Tbilisi, Discuss Situation in Abkhazia, S.Ossetia

A group of ambassadors from OSCE-member states based in Vienna are paying a visit to Georgia on June 19-21, ten years after such visit was last conducted in the country. The 25-member delegation has already met President Giorgi Margvelashvili, Deputy Foreign Minister Vakhtang Makharoblishvili and First Deputy Parliament Speaker Tamar …

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European Parliament Adopts Resolution on Georgia, Condemns Russian Occupation

The European Parliament adopted a non-binding resolution on Georgia today, urging the Russian Federation to “cease its occupation of the Georgian territories of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia,” and to “stop the de facto integration of both regions into Russian administration.” The resolution titled “Georgian Occupied Territories Ten Years after …

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Mogherini: EU has a Very Special Role to Play in Georgia

“Ten years after the war in 2008 in Georgia, we have not stopped working for peace and for a true solution to the conflict,” EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told the European Parliament members yesterday. Addressing the European Parliament debate on Georgia’s occupied territories, Mogherini recounted the EU’s engagement …

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In Quotes: European Parliament Debate on Georgia Resolution

The European Parliament is to adopt a non-binding resolution on Georgia on June 14, titled “Georgian Occupied Territories Ten Years after the Russian Invasion.” MEPs debated the resolution yesterday, preceded with a statement of Federica Mogherini, the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security …

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UN General Assembly Passes Georgia IDP Resolution

The United Nations General Assembly adopted on June 12 Georgia-sponsored resolution reiterating the right of return of all displaced persons and refugees to Georgia’s Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia by a vote of 81 in favor to 16 against, with 62 abstentions. Similar non-binding resolutions have been passed by the UN General Assembly for eleven years …

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Syria Just Backed Russia’s Illegal Occupation of Georgian Regions

Op-ed by Mikheil Janelidze, the Foreign Minister of Georgia. This article originally appeared in the New Atlanticist, online publication by the Atlantic Council. Last week, Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria illegally recognized Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (so-called South Ossetia), two historic regions of Georgia, as independent states. This was done undoubtedly at the behest …

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Volker: US, Georgia enjoy strategic dialogue, close military ties

Voice of America’s Ani Chkhikvadze sat down with Ambassador Kurt Volker, U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations, to discuss Georgia’s domestic and foreign affairs. Recently, Syria’s Assad Government recognized occupied Abkhazia and Ossetia as independent states. Why do you think we saw this right now, especially given that Georgia, as …

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Deputy Foreign Minister Reports to Parliament on Syrian Recognition

Deputy Foreign Minister Davit Dondua, who oversees the country’s non-recognition policy, reported yesterday to the Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee on Syria’s recognition of the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. “Syria is not only our problem, it is a problem of the entire civilized world,” Dondua stressed after the committee …

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Four More States Denounce Syria’s Recognition of Abkhazia, S. Ossetia

Italy, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey have joined in the countries condemning Syria’s recognition of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia as independent states. On May 30, Italian Foreign Ministry underscored that the country “fully subscribes” to the European Union’s statement and that Italy reiterated its support to the territorial integrity of Georgia. …

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Seven More Countries, NATO Condemn Syria’s Recognition of Abkhazia, S. Ossetia

Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine and the United Kingdom joined in denouncing Syria’s recognition of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia as independent states. Estonian Foreign Ministry said on May 29 that it deplores “blatant violation” of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity “by Russia-backed Syrian regime.” “International community must stand …

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