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MAE: So-called "Presidential elections" in Abkhazia region 'illegitimate' and 'irrelevant' from political standpoint


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) expressed its concern, on Monday, through a press release, regarding the "destabilizing potential" of the so-called "Presidential elections" taking place, on August 25, in the Abkhazia region of Georgia, which it deems "illegitimate" and "irrelevant" from a political and legal standpoint.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterates, in this way, the principled position of Romania regarding support for the peaceful resolution of prolonged conflicts in Georgia, with respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia, within its internationally recognized borders," the MAE release shows.

MAE announces that, in this context, the Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and counterparts from several OSCE states have made public a statement regarding the so-called 'presidential elections'.

According to the document, "Bulgaria, Czechia, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America deem as illegitimate the so-called 'presidential elections' organized by the de facto authorities of the Abkhazia region in Georgia, in Sukhumi, on August 25, 2019, and will not acknowledge their results. At the same time, the mentioned states deep as illegitimate the results of the so-called 'parliamentary elections' organized in the South Ossetia/Tskhinvali in Georgia, on June 9, 2019".

The signatories reiterate their support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders.

"We ask Russia again to fulfill all its obligations in accordance with the ceasefire agreement of 2008, including the withdrawal of its armed forces to the positions held before the conflict and to ensure free access to humanitarian aid to these regions, as well as to withdraw its recognition of the independence of the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia," the statement also shows.