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Estonia considers the so-called parliamentary elections in South Ossetia to be illegitimate


Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that yesterday's elections in the occupied Georgian territories of South Ossetia are illegitimate, because they contradict the principles of territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia. “Declaring such elections legal would be seen as an approval of the ethnic cleansing that occurred in 2008 and legitimizing of the military occupation. That is not acceptable,” Foreign Minister Paet said.

Paet stated that in order to guarantee the region's security and stability, it is important to continue with the Geneva international discussions and to provide access of the European Union Monitoring Mission to all the territory of Georgia, including South Ossetia.  “We urge Russia to fulfil all of its obligations under the 2008 ceasefire agreement, including the removal of its troops to pre-conflict positions and allowing free access for humanitarian aid in the given territory,” Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said.

Paet stated that the unilateral declaration of independence by the separatist regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia is contrary to international law. “Therefore yesterday’s elections fail to have any legal and constitutional basis,” he added.

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