Second round of “elections” scheduled in occupied region of Abkhazia. PACE, Georgia and Ukraine declared them illegal
On August 25, the so-called “presidential elections” were held in the Russian-occupied region of Abkhazia, the second round of which was scheduled for September 8. The governments of Georgia, Ukraine, as well as the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe condemned holding the elections and declared them illegal.
Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili condemned the so-called elections in Abkhazia.
The de facto authorities in Abkhazia are holding today illegitimate “presidential elections”. Georgia condemns this sham process as yet another violation of our national sovereignty, Zurabishvili said on Twitter.
The de facto authorities in #Abkhazia are holding today illegitimate “presidential elections”. Georgia condemns this sham process as yet another violation of our national sovereignty.— Salome Zourabichvili (@Zourabichvili_S) August 25, 2019
Ukraine, in turn, supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders and does not recognize the so-called independence of occupied Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region / South Ossetia. The official position of the state regarding the “elections” in Abkhazia was published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine:
Ukraine does not recognize these fake “elections” and regards them as yet another provocative attempt by the Russian Federation to legitimize the pro-Russian separatist regime of the occupied Georgian territory of Abkhazia.
August 25, in Strasbourg, PACE co-rapporteurs for Georgia Titus Corlatean (Romania) and Claude Kern (France) announced the illegitimacy of the “elections” in Abkhazia, Ukrinform reports. PACE reported that the speakers will conduct a monitoring visit to Georgia on September 17-18.
We reiterate our full support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia within the framework of internationally recognized borders. The so-called “presidential elections” in the Georgian region of Abkhazia on August 25, 2019 are Illegal and illegitimate, – PACE stated.
According to the information from the CEC of the region, the current Head of the “republic” Raul Khajimba and the Chairman of the opposition party “Amtsakhara” (Rodovye Ogony) Alkhas Kvitsiniya will participate in the second round of the presidential elections in the self-proclaimed Abkhazia.
On August 8, 2008, Russian troops invaded Georgia due to Tbilisi’s attempt to restore constitutional order in the South Ossetia region. In addition to the separatists, Russian troops, who are still in the occupied territories, also participated in military operations against Georgia. Russia bombed Georgian cities, military bases and civilian infrastructure and deployed its naval forces.
On August 12, 2008, Georgia and Russia signed a ceasefire. Russia pledged to withdraw troops from Georgia before October 1, 2008, but has not done so yet. On August 26, 2008, the Kremlin “recognized independence” of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
QHA media reported the causes and consequences of protests in Tbilisi: 240 people were injured. Then the Georgian opposition put forward three demands: the resignation of the minister, the release of those detained on the eve, and new parliamentary elections.
Earlier, QHA media published an interview with German historian Martin Aust about the Russian occupation of territories such as South Ossetia, Abkhazia, Transnistria and Crimea.