During its 1198th meeting held on the 29th and 30th of April 2014, the Committee of Ministers' Deputies of the Council of Europe discussed the 9th Consolidated Report on the Conflict in Georgia, which was prepared by the Council of Europe's Secretary General, Mr Thorbjørn Jagland.
The report covers the period from October 2013 to March 2014. It is important that the Council of Europe continues to monitor Russia and Georgia's implementation of their obligations and commitments in respect to the war of August 2008, and to notify the international community of ongoing developments in Georgia's occupied regions.
The Secretary General's 9th Consolidated Report was positively assessed by the Council of Europe's member states, who support the practice of submitting the Secretary General's consolidated reports in future. Only the representatives of the Russian Federation called into question the effectiveness of the Secretary General's consolidated reports.
The Council of Europe's member states adopted a decision in which they expressed their concern over the state of affairs in Georgia's occupied regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as well as over the human rights violations resulting from the installation of barbed wire fences along administrative borders. The decision of the Committee of Ministers underlines the erection of barbed wire fences and other artificial obstacles by the Russian Federation as causing continued violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms, and stresses the need to remove such obstacles. The member states encouraged the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights to monitor the human rights situation in Georgia's occupied territories, and underlined the importance of the right of refugees and internally displaced persons to a safe and dignified voluntary return.
The Georgian delegation made a statement during the meeting, which focused upon the current situation in Georgia's occupied territories. The Georgian delegation called upon the Council of Europe's member states to take timely and effective measures to stop Russia's illegal activities, and welcomed the fact that the member states support the practice of presenting the Council's Secretary General's "Conflict in Georgia" reports in future.
A statement on behalf of the European Union was also made during the meeting, in which the EU member states reiterated their unequivocal support for Georgia's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders. The EU called upon Russia to immediately fulfill its international commitments, including those it undertook as part of the 12 August 2008 Cease-fire Agreement; not to prevent the European Union's Monitoring Mission (EUMM) from carrying out its mandated tasks in Georgia's occupied regions; to commit itself to the non-use of force with respect to Georgia; and to play a constructive role in the Geneva International Discussions.
The EU members states also expressed their concern over the continued violation of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of people living in Georgia's occupied regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia---particularly as a result of the erection of barbed wire fences and other artificial obstacles by the Russian Federation along administrative borders---and underlined the right of internally displaced persons and refugees to a voluntary, safe and dignified return.
A joint statement was also made by the GUAM member states, in which they welcomed the practice of presenting the Secretary General of the Council of Europe's reports in future, and expressed their support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders.
The Georgian Foreign Minister, Ms Maia Panjikidze, expressed her gratitude to the Secretary General for presenting his 9th Consolidated Report on the Conflict in Georgia, as well as for the decisions made by the Council of Europe's member states and for the statements of support made by the EU, GUAM and other partners concerning the conflict in Georgia. The Georgian Foreign Ministry is very grateful for the issue of the "Conflict in Georgia" remaining high on the Council of Europe's political agenda.
9th consolidated report on the conflict in Georgia CMD Decisions - The Council of Europe and the conflict in Georgia Statement of the Delegation of the European Union to the Council of Europe Statement of the Delegations of the GUAM member states
30 April 2014
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