Joint statement by the delegations of Abkhazia and South Ossetia at the Geneva discussions on security and stability in Transcaucasia

Fri, 03/07/2015 - 10:13

For several, the UN General Assembly adopts the draft resolution introduced by Georgia on refugees and displaced persons from Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Repeating each year the text of the document, Georgia is trying to impose on the world community one-sided, politicized and distorted vision of the refugee problem, in order to reinforce its illegitimate territorial claims.
The UNGA draft resolution on refugees and displaced persons tabled in June 2015 by Georgia, the text of which does not differ from the earlier adopted resolutions of the UN General Assembly, refers to the confirmation of the right of all displaced persons and refugees and their descendants to return "to their homes throughout Georgia including Abkhazia and South Ossetia."

The text of the resolution imposed to the international community passes over in silence that the appearance of these refugees and displaced persons is directly connected with the war unleashed by Georgia against South Ossetia and Abkhazia. There is not also mentioned, that of more than one hundred thousand Ossetians fleeing from ethnic cleansing on the Georgian territory and found refuge in South Ossetia and the Russian Federation, only few managed to return home.

The text of the resolution is silent, that the governments of South Ossetia and Abkhazia on their own initiative returned to their homes tens of thousands of Georgian refugees. The text of the resolution submitted by Georgia does not take into account the existing political realities, in particular, the fact that South Ossetia and Abkhazia are independent states, but also demonstrates that Georgia is not going to find a solution of complex humanitarian issues.

It is obvious that the resolution railroading by Georgia from year to year, cannot improve the situation on refugees from Georgia, South Ossetia and Abkhazia, and also adversely affects the course of the Geneva discussions, which remain the only platform where 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 the solution of the refugee problem is not diplomatic tricks and resolutions designed for propaganda effect, but non-confrontation and the signing of a legally binding agreement on non- use of force, and ultimately - the peace treaty between Georgia Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Politicization of the refugee problem by Georgia undermines the work to discuss this issue in the framework of the Geneva talks. As Georgia prefers to discuss issues related to the situation of refugees and displaced persons in such an authoritative international body like the UN General Assembly, South Ossetia and Abkhazia insist on their right to participate in the discussion of this issue in the United Nations. As long as are continued political games around the refugee problem behind Abkhazia and South Ossetia, there will be not meaning to discuss this issue within the framework of the Geneva talks.

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