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Statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry in reaction to the creation of the so-called border zone along the river Psou


The Georgian Foreign Ministry expresses its deep concern over the decision of the Russian Federation and its occupation regime in Abkhazia, which provides for illegal expansion of the so-called border zone 11 kilometers deeper into Georgia's territory along the river Psou from January 20 to March 21.  

Creation of the so-called border zone on Georgia's sovereign territory without the Georgian Government's consent once again violates Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty and represents a rough violation of international commitments, fundamental principles of international law and provisions of the [2008] ceasefire agreement by the Russian Federation. The abovementioned illegal activities are of particular concern in light of the facts that the process of installation of wire fences and other artificial barriers continues along the occupation line of Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region, freedom of movement of local population is restricted and military contingent is being increased.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls on the Russian Federation to stop provocative policy against Georgia and fulfill its international obligations, above all, the commitments of the ceasefire agreement.

Tbilisi, 20 January 2014