Georgia’s Permanent Representative to the OSCE delivered a statement at the OSCE Permanent Council meeting concerning the illegal installation of the so called “state border” signs by the Russian occupation forces

On 16 July 2015, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Republic of Austria, Permanent Representative to the OSCE and other International Organizations in Vienna, H.E. Konstantine Zaldastanishvili delivered a statement regarding the illegal placement of the so called “state border” signs by the Russian occupying forces on 10 July along the occupation line in the village of Tsitelubani, Gori municipality and the village of Orchosani,  occupied Akhalgori district in close vicinity to the Tbilisi-Gori central highway and to the Baku-Supsa pipeline.
 
The Georgian Ambassador provided the members of the OSCE Permanent Council with information regarding the illegal activities of the Russian occupation forces  in Georgia’s occupied territories. In particular, he stated that Russia pursues its policy of occupation and creeping annexation of Georgia’s integral part – the Tskhinvali region, to which attests the installation of the so-called “state border” signs. He also stated that as a result of the continuing illegal “borderization” process, a 1600-metre segment of the Baku-Supsa pipeline has fallen under the control of the Russian occupation forces.
 
Konstantine Zaldastanishvili  emphasized that the Russian Federation remains in flagrant breach of the principles of international law and its commitments under the 12 August 2008 Ceasefire Agreement. Moreover, the installation of barbed wire fences and other artificial barriers further violates the fundamental rights and freedoms, including the right to free movement of the local population.
 
According to the Georgian Ambassador, the installation of the so called “state border” sigs is part of Russia's purposeful policy aimed at provoking Georgia and further threatening the already fragile security situation in the region.
 
The Georgian diplomat condemned these illegal actions and called on Russia to stop occupation and creeping annexation of Georgian regions as manifested by the signature of the so-called “treaties” with Sokhumi and Tskhinvali occupation regimes, to fully respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders. Georgia’s Permanent Representative underlined that Russia’s actions cause instability not only in Georgia’s occupied territories but also in the entire region and pose a threat to European security.
 
Representatives of the European Union (aligned by Albania, Montenegro, FYROM, Iceland, Ukraine and  Moldova), United States of America, Canada, Norway and Turkey to the OSCE have made their statements in support for Georgia during the meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council. They strongly criticized the installation of demarcation signs in Georgia’s occupied region, reaffirmed their support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders and called upon the Russian Federation to comply with the principles of international law and its commitments under the 12 August 2008 Ceasefire Agreement, and to respect Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.