7.12.2018, Milan – The Georgian Foreign Minister, David Zalkaliani has assessed the statement issued by the OSCE Group of Friends of Georgia within the framework of the 25th Ministerial Council meeting in Milan, Italy.
According to him, the statement contains important paragraphs regarding the Georgia-Russia conflict and the occupation of the Georgian territories. “The OSCE documents will mention the Otkhozoria-Tatunashvili list first time ever and also emphasise that this terrible murder is unacceptable. Adequate measures need to be carried out by the OSCE and member countries against those people who committed such crime,” Zalkaliani said.
According to David Zalkaliani, Georgia successfully mobilizes the international community’s support for the Otkhozoria-Tatunashvili list, to which attests a great number of statements and resolutions adopted recently, including the statement adopted within the framework of OSCE, resolution of the European Parliament, Resolution of the Irish Parliament and Lithuania’s decision.
According to the Foreign Minister, the OSCE statement touches upon the complicated humanitarian and security situation in the occupied territories of Georgia emphasising the need of allowance of the OSCE observing mechanisms there. The statement calls on the Russian Federation to reverse its recognition of the occupied regions and stop the illegal activities including the installation of barbed wire fences and other artificial barriers.
The statement was supported by Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Ukraine, UK and the US and was delivered by the Foreign Minister of Canada, Chrystia Freeland.