On the 6th of November 2013, the 1,183rd meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (CoE) discussed the 8th consolidated report on the conflict in Georgia, which was presented by the Secretary-general of the CoE, Mr Thorbjørn Jagland. The report covers the period between April and September 2013. It is important that the CoE continues to monitor the commitments undertaken by the Russian Federation and Georgia following the 2008 war, and that it keeps the international community informed of the current situation in Georgia's occupied regions.
The member states of the Council of Europe welcomed the publication of the 8th consolidated report and expressed their support for the practice of these reports being presented by the CoE's Secretary-general. Of those who spoke, only the Russian Federation called the value of the CoE Secretary-general's consolidated report in question.
The Georgian delegation made a statement in which it focused upon the current situation in Georgia's occupied territories, stressing in particular the illegality of various actions undertaken by Russian servicemen along the occupation line, and urging the member states of the Council of Europe to take drastic measures to stop Russia's illegal actions. The Georgian delegation went on to welcome the fact that the CoE member states supported the practice of the CoE Secretary-general presenting future reports on the conflict in Georgia, and thanked the CoE member states for their adherence to the policy of not recognizing the so-called "independence" of Georgia's occupied regions.
The European Union (EU) also made a statement during the meeting, reiterating its firm support for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognised borders. The EU then urged the Russian Federation to fulfill its international commitments and obligations, including the six-point ceasefire agreement of the 12th of August 2008; to grant the EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) access to Georgia's occupied regions; to commit itself to the non-use of force vis-à-vis Georgia; and to play a constructive role in the Geneva International Discussions. The EU went on to express its profound concern regarding the human rights situation in Georgia's Abkhazia and Tskhinvali/South Ossetia regions; noted with concern the process of "borderization" along the occupation line; and underlined the importance of the right of refugees and internally displaced persons to a safe and dignified return. Of the Eastern Partnership member states, the Republic of Moldova aligned itself with this statement.
The GUAM member states also made a statement during the meeting, in which they expressed their support both for the practice of the CoE Secretary-general presenting future reports on the conflict in Georgia as well as for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders.
The Georgian Foreign Ministry welcomes the publication of the CoE Secretary-general's 8th consolidated report as well as the statements made by the EU, GUAM and other partners concerning the report. The Ministry hopes that the issue of the "Conflict in Georgia" will remain on the future agenda of the Council of Europe.
6 November 2013
Press and Information Department
Attached documents: EU statement on the Secretary General’s eight consolidated report on the conflict in Georgia