Georgia’s Foreign Ministry on Monday condemned the second round of so-called “presidential elections” held on Sunday in the Russian-occupied region of Tskhinvali, South Ossetia, stressing that the “illegal action” violated principles and norms principles of international law and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders.
The Foreign Ministry said that under the ongoing Russian occupation, ‘no election’ would have ‘legal consequences’ with hundreds of thousands of refugees and displaced people expelled from the occupied regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali to the aftermath of the ethnic cleansing of the “still deprived” Georgians. ” of the possibility of returning home safely.
The ministry added that the fundamental rights and freedoms of people living in Russian-occupied territories were also “seriously violated”.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia calls on the Russian Federation to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia and to fulfill its international obligations, including the European Union-brokered ceasefire agreement dated of August 12, 2008,” the statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
The Ministry also called on the international community to “properly assess and respond effectively” to what it called “another illegal action” against Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Anatoly Bibilov, the de facto chairman of Russian-occupied Tskhinvali, lost in the second round of “elections” to Alan Gagloev.