Merkel: Georgia’s Occupation Is Unfair

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Georgia’s occupation by Russia unfair. She made the statement at a joint press-conference with the Prime Minister of Georgia, Mamuka Bakhtadze, on August 23.

“What happens in Georgia is unfair. The Russian President knows my position regarding Georgia and about Ukraine too... Despite great effort, very little is being done to end this injustice forever. It should not become a daily reality…We should not tolerate such a situation,” Merkel stated.

She also noted that Germany supports Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty and will do its best to help peacefully resolve the conflict.

“We are doing what we can to contribute to the regulation of the situation…Last year we celebrated 25 years of diplomatic ties between our countries…Georgia and Germany have a long-lasting relationship. Of course we support Georgia,” the Chancellor affirmed.

Merkel also discussed her country’s relationship with Georgia in different areas, saying her visit is intended to help advance bilateral relations. “I do hope these ties will be further strengthened,” she said.

Speaking after their meeting, Bakhtadze said the fact that Germany is a supporter and partner of Georgia is very important.

“Today, Germany's support is especially important for Georgia. Russia does not fulfill the obligations of the ceasefire agreement of 12 August 2008 and continues its occupation of 20% of Georgian territory. Today, unfortunately, the regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali are actually annexed, which further worsens the security, humanitarian and human rights situations on the ground,” he stressed, adding that the Georgian government only supports a peaceful resolution of the conflict and is relying on its allies for support, including Germany.

Bakhtadze expressed hope that Merkel’s visit will further strengthen successful cooperation between the two states.

By Thea Morrison

23 August 2018 19:04
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