Georgia in the OSCE PA’s Berlin Declaration

Georgia in the OSCE PA’s Berlin Declaration

Georgia in the OSCE PA’s Berlin Declaration

The FINANCIAL -- The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s annual session in Berlin adopted on July 11 a final declaration, containing more than a dozen of non-binding resolutions on issues ranging from political affairs, security, economics, environment and human rights, with one of them on conflict in Georgia.

The resolution, titled Ten Years After the August 2008 War in Georgia and sponsored by MP Sofio Katsarava, calls on Russia to “withdraw its military units from the territory of Georgia,” and to “reverse its recognition” of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia “as independent states.”

In the resolution, the Assembly stresses the responsibility of the Russian Federation, as the power exercising effective control, to “uphold the fundamental freedoms and human rights of all people” living in two regions, and calls on Moscow to “allow the safe, dignified and unhindered return of displaced persons to their place of origin.”

The resolution also condemns “the killing of Georgian citizens” Archil Tatunashvili, Giga Otkhozoria and Davit Basharuli, and urges Russia to “refrain from the obstruction of the thorough investigation conducted by the Georgian authorities” as well as to ensure that “perpetrators are brought to justice.”

It further welcomes the new peace initiative of the Government of Georgia, and calls for achieving “tangible results” in the Geneva International Discussions and for ensuring the access of international human rights monitoring mechanisms on the ground.

The Russian delegation voiced its objection upon introduction of the resolution on July 7.