Echoing identical language employed on the eve of the 1999 war against Yugoslavia, the 2008 war against South Ossetia and last year’s war against Nagorno-Karabakh. And the current rhetoric used against Russia over Crimea. Perhaps someone will make the connections.
“Today, we appeal to everyone to end the illegal occupation of Georgia’s sovereign lands by Russia,” Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili said during a speech at the 76th session of the UN General Assembly.
As the head of the government noted, Russia not only occupies 20% of the territory of Georgia, but also it is actively trying to undermine the national aspirations of the country to join the European and Euro-Atlantic family.
The Head of Government called on the international community to take joint action to respond to violations of the fundamental principles of international law in the occupied territories.