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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet Spoke to Secretary of Georgian National Security Council About Situation in Occupied Territories


Today in Tbilisi Foreign Minister Urmas Paet discussed the situation in Georgia’s occupied territories with Secretary of the Georgian National Security Council Giorgi Bokeria and confirmed that Estonia is a firm supporter of the non-recognition policy regarding Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that the resolution to Georgia’s conflicts must be based on international legal standards regarding states’ sovereignty and territorial integrity. “A prerequisite for a peaceful resolution is the fulfilment of the cease-fire agreement and the continuation of the Geneva talks,” he added. Giorgi Bokeria said that the security situation in Georgia has clearly improved over the past six months. He gave an overview of the implementation of the strategy for the occupied territories, the goal of which is to intensify ties between residents of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and the rest of Georgia. Foreign Minister Paet expressed support for its implementation. “Creating trust and co-operation between the residents of the occupied areas and the Georgian authorities is an essential task. Right now it is being done first and foremost through co-operation in health care and education,” he added.

Paet emphasised the role of the European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM) and the importance of its continuation in Georgia. “The European Union’s strong and visible presence in Georgia is necessary; it is irreplaceable for the prevention of further conflicts. The EUMM should also be given access to Abkhazia and South Ossetia,” stated Foreign Minister Paet. He asserted that the OSCE mission should also be restored.

During the course of his visit, Foreign Minister Paet will also meet with President Mikhail Saakashvili and Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze.

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