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The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe adopted a statement on ''Separatist tensions in Ukraine and neighbouring countries''

On the 16th of October 2014, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe adopted a statement on "Separatist tensions in Ukraine and neighbouring countries".

The document mainly focuses on the developments in Ukraine; and includes the existing situation in Georgia and Ukraine as well. The document condemns Russia's activities towards its neighbouring countries, which is demonstrated in violation of territorial integrity of these countries by Russia - in exerting pressure on, in military intervention and annexation of territories of these countries. Georgia is mentioned twice in the document.

Paragraph 3 of the Document condemns all forms of pressure by Russia on its neighbours.

According to Paragraphs 6 and 7: "The principles of international law, such as territorial integrity, sovereignty and the inviolability of the internationally recognised borders of states are imperative for the peaceful settlement of conflicts in Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and the Republic of Moldova faced with separatist movements. What has taken place in the Crimea (Ukraine), in South Ossetia and Abkhazia (Georgia), and in Transnistria (Republic of Moldova), and what is happening today in the east of Ukraine is totally contrary to the Europe of the regions that we are striving to achieve".

The Statement was approved by a vote of 71 in favour to 22 against, with 4 abstentions.

The Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia, Mr Tengiz Shergelashvili; the First Deputy Minister of Regional Development, Building, Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine, Mr Vyacheslav Nehoda; the Moldovan Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Mr Valeriu Chiveri; the Deputy Mayor of Kyiv City Council, Mr Oleksii Reznikov; and the Azerbaijani Minister of Justice, Mr Fikrat Mammadov took part in the discussions held in terms of the adopted Statement.

16 October 2014