Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the ninth anniversary of the Russia-Georgia war
/ Updated: 2017.08.09 09:28
Russia’s aggression against Georgia shook the world in August 2008. The war has claimed hundreds of lives, while Russia has seized a part of Georgia’s territory. Thousands of people have become internally displaced persons. They were forced to leave their homes and are not yet able to return.
Today marks the ninth anniversary of the Russia-Georgia war. Together with Georgia, Lithuania recalls this tragic page of history, expresses condolences to the relatives of those killed and calls on the international community to continue to actively pursue a peaceful resolution of the conflict and restoration of Georgia’s territorial integrity. We support the activity of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia, as well as efforts in that direction of all other international organizations and their partners.
Nine years after the war, Russia has still not implemented the so-called ‘six-point peace plan’. The Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali are still de facto occupied by the Russian Federation today and the creeping annexation of these regions continues: fences, signifying the so-called ‘border’, are being erected; ‘agreements’ are being drafted and signed with the Georgian regions, aimed at further integrating them into Russia’s economic, social, and military life. There is a systematic violation of human rights in these regions of Georgia and it is impossible to ensure international monitoring of the situation.
Once again we urge the Russian Federation to implement its commitments undertaken in the ‘six-point peace plan’, to stop violating the sovereignty of Georgia, and to respect its territorial integrity.