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H.E. President Giorgi Margvelashvili: A new attempt to conduct a referendum in Tskhinvali region on joining the Russian Federation is leading from occupation to annexation

“Just few days ago, we witnessed brutal incident when occupation soldiers killed innocent and peaceful Georgian citizen on the occupation line.  
 
Nowadays, we face the ongoing militarization process on occupied territories, permanent installation of barbwires and fences along the occupation lines”, - was stated by the President of Georgia while delivering his speech at the Plenary Session of the World Humanitarian Summit, today.
 
H.E. President Giorgi Margvelashvili has also spoken about the Georgian territories occupation by the Russian Federation and about the internally displaced persons.
 
“Half a million of our population are refugees and internally displaced persons. They are unable to return to their homes and families only because they are Georgians.
 
At the same time, Georgians living in the occupied regions face day-to-day humanitarian problems;
 
Furthermore, they are deprived of freedom for education in native language, free movement and fundamental rights”, - was stated by the President of Georgia.
 
As stated the President of Georgia, Russian Federation signed the so-called “Treaty on the Alliance and Integration” with the occupational regimes of Tskhinvali and Abkhazia that further aggravated the situation and burdened humanitarian condition.
 
 “Recently, we witnessed new attempt to conduct a referendum in Tskhinvali region on joining the Russian Federation.
 
All above-mentioned is leading from occupation to annexation. The outlined situation requires urgent necessity of international engagement to deescalate the tension and force Russia to fulfill international commitments, including those undertaken by the six-point Ceasefire Agreement”, - was stated by the President of Georgia.
 
As stated the President of Georgia, Georgia stands ready to make own contributions to overcome the existing challenges to humanity. Georgia has already received up to 3,500 asylum seekers as a result of ongoing refugee crisis from Iraq, Ukraine, Syria, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Somalia.
 
According to the statement of the President of Georgia, additionally, Georgia commits to invite a certain number of students from displaced communities to the educational programs at the Georgian Universities.
 
“Considering the limited resources of a small country with the considerable burden caused by the conflict, we are ready to discuss this initiative”, - was admitted by H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili.
 
As stated the President of Georgia, Georgia pledges to continue support to both the International Criminal Court to ensure justice and eliminate impunity as well as on the Code of Conduct regarding Security Council action against genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes indicated by Liechtenstein.
 
 
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