21 June, Thursday

Tbilisi condemns ‘agreement’ between Russia and breakaway Abkhazia


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Official Tbilisi has condemned the signing of so-called agreement between the Russian Federation and Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia (Sokhumi) on “the rules of establishment and functioning of the joint information-coordination center of agencies for internal affairs” that took place on 18 May 2017.
Georgia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has released a statement, saying the so-called agreement totally disregards fundamental principles and norms of international law such as sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of internationally recognized borders. 
“Creation of so-called joint group of armed forces in Abkhazia region by the Russian Federation, followed by the merger of law enforcement and investigative bodies, which were envisaged by 2014 so-called treaty on alliance and strategic partnership, represent a clear proof of factual annexation process of the occupied region,” the ministry stressed.
Tbilisi believes this is an intentional step taken by the Russian Federation to undermine peace policy of the Georgian Government, supported by international community.
“Such kinds of actions contribute to destabilization of the situation in the region and harm the Geneva International Discussions,” the statement added.
Georgian MFA calles on the international community to take effective measures aimed at de-occupation and prevention of annexation of Georgia’s occupied regions.
The so-called agreement between Russia and de facto Sokhumi was signed on Thursday by Abkhazia’s de-facto interior minister Aslan Kobakhia and Russian Deputy Interior Minister Igor Zubov.
As reported, the center aims to fight organized crime.
Information exchange between Abkhazia and Russia’s law enforcement agency is also envisaged by the 'agreement'. 

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