[06/06/2014 18:00:00] We, Nigel Mermagen (United Kingdom, ILDG) and Helena Pihlajasaari (Finland, SOC) as Congress Rapporteurs on local and regional democracy in Georgia, have recently been informed that “parliamentary” elections will be held in the Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia (Georgia) on 8 June 2014. It must be remembered that the Congress has given unwavering support to national authorities as regards the territorial integrity of the Council of Europe member States on several occasions. The Congress has already been invited by the Georgian authorities to observe the local elections to be held on 15 June 2014. A pre-electoral observation mission was carried out on 28 and 29 May to assess the preparation of the local elections. A delegation will be deployed in the country from 11 to 16 June to observe the vote. In this context, we would recall that the Congress recognises Georgia as a unitary state with local and regional structures. Following on from this position, we wish to underline the lack of legitimacy of the proposed 8 June election in the Tskhinvali region and express our full support to the Georgian authorities regarding the territorial integrity of Georgia.