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 I appeal to everyone to end the illegal occupation of Georgia’s sovereign lands by Russia – Irakli Gharibashvili

“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.

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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.