Joint Statement of the Delegations of the Republic of South Ossetia and the Republic of Abkhazia at the Geneva Discussions on Security and Stability in Transcaucasia

Thu, 22/06/2017 - 18:35

For several years in a row, the UN General Assembly has adopted a draft resolution on refugees and displaced persons from Abkhazia and South Ossetia, submitted by Georgia. Repeating from year to year the text of the document, Georgia tries to impose a unilateral, politicized and distorted vision of the refugee problem to the world community in order to support its illegitimate territorial claims.
In the draft resolution of the UN General Assembly on Refugees and Displaced Persons, submitted by Georgia in 2017, the text of which does not differ from previous resolutions of the UN General Assembly, it confirms the right of all IDPs and refugees and their descendants to return "to their homes throughout Georgia, Including Abkhazia and South Ossetia. "
In the text of the resolution imposed on the international community, it is silent that the appearance of these refugees and displaced persons is directly connected with the wars unleashed by Georgia against South Ossetia and Abkhazia. It is not said that more than one hundred thousand Ossetians who fled ethnic cleansings from the territory of Georgia and found refuge in South Ossetia and the Russian Federation managed to return to their homes in a few units.
The text of the resolution is silent that the governments of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, on their own initiative, returned tens of thousands of Georgian refugees to their places of permanent residence. The text of the resolution, introduced by Georgia, not only does not take into account the existing political realities, in particular, the fact that South Ossetia and Abkhazia are independent states, but also proves Georgia's complete lack of desire to find solutions to complex humanitarian problems.
It is obvious that the resolution dragged from year to year by Georgia not only can not improve the situation of the refugees from Georgia, South Ossetia and Abkhazia, but also negatively affects the course of the Geneva discussions, which continue to be the only venue where the representatives of South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Georgia Have the opportunity to discuss a wide range of existing problems, including the problem of refugees and displaced persons.
The main key to solving the refugee problem is not diplomatic tricks and propaganda-designed resolutions, but a departure from confrontational attitudes and the signing of a legally binding agreement on the renunciation of the use of force, and ultimately the peace treaty between Georgia, on the one hand, and the Republics of Abkhazia And South Ossetia on the other.
The politicization of the refugee problem by Georgia undermines the work on this track in the framework of the Geneva discussions. Since Georgia prefers to discuss issues related to the situation of refugees and IDPs in such an authoritative international body as the UN General Assembly, South Ossetia and Abkhazia insist on their right to participate in the discussion of this issue within the UN. As long as political games continue around the refugee problem behind the backs of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, discussion of this problem within the framework of the Geneva discussions will not make any sense.

Geneva, June 21, 2017

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