Today the European Union marks the thirteenth anniversary of the conflict between Russia and Georgia. We reiterate our condemnation of Russia’s recognition of and continued military presence in Abkhazia and South Ossetia in violation of both international law and of its commitments under the 12 August 2008 agreement.
The European Union remains committed to upholding the human rights of all conflict-affected communities. These rights continue to be violated, including through so-called ’borderisation’ policies, closures of crossing points and illegal detentions. During these times of pandemic, such violations have taken an additional toll on civilians, especially those requiring urgent medical support, leading to more fatalities. Restrictions on their freedom of movement must end. In addition, all past violations of human rights, as recognised by the landmark European Court of Human Rights ruling on 21 January 2021, must be followed up through credible investigations and accountability to bring justice to the victims.
We remain fully committed to conflict resolution, including through the Union’s engagement as co-chair in the Geneva International Discussions, through the work of the EU Special Representative and, continuously on the ground, of the EU Monitoring Mission. We reiterate the European Union’s firm support to the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognised borders.