EU, NATO Denounce Recognition of Georgian Breakaway Regions by Syria

The European Union views the decision of Syria to recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as a violation of international law.

A statement affirming their position was released by the spokeswoman for EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Maja Kocijancic.

“The decision of the Syrian regime to establish diplomatic relations with the Georgian breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia violates international law and the principle of territorial integrity as defined by the United Nations Charter and relevant UN Security Council resolutions," the statement reads. 

According to Kocijancic, the European Union fully supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders.

"We remain committed to actively support conflict resolution efforts, including through the work of the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia, and the EU Monitoring Mission," the statement says.

Moreover, NATO Spokesperson, Oana Lungescu stated that occupied Abkhazia and South Ossetia are parts of Georgia.

“NATO still calls on Russia to withdraw its military forces from Georgia. Syria’s decision cannot change the opinion of the international community,” she added.

By Thea Morrison

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30 May 2018 00:40
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