March 31, 2022
Poland’s foreign minister has met with the Georgian president and prime minister to discuss challenges facing the South Caucasian country, officials have said.
Zbigniew Rau arrived in Georgia earlier this week in his capacity as Chairman-in-Office of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)….
On Wednesday, he held talks with Georgia’s President Salome Zourabichvili, Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani, and First Deputy Speaker of Parliament George Volski, according to officials.
During the series of meetings, Rau “confirmed the OSCE’s support for Tbilisi as it seeks to solve internal and external challenges,” Poland’s foreign ministry said in a statement.
Rau also reaffirmed Poland’s support for Georgia’s European aspirations and its territorial integrity within internationally recognized borders, officials said.
The Polish foreign minister said that support for the South Caucasus “is a priority for Poland’s leadership of the OSCE.”
Poland’s top diplomat spoke with the Georgian leaders about issues to do with the separatist territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, officials told reporters.
He also…visited the administrative boundary line with the breakaway regions, according to the Polish foreign ministry.
The visit was organised by the European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia….
March 31, 2022
No referendum in the Russian-occupied territories has legitimacy, the Speaker of Parliament Shalva Papuashvili said on Thursday in response to the information on the de facto authorities in the Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) region planning to hold a referendum on joining the Russian Federation.
In his comments, Papuashvili noted “similar appeals” the de facto authorities in the Russian-occupied territories had made previously.
There is nothing new in this regard. Such appeals are periodically made from the occupied territories. No referendum in the occupied territories has any legitimacy. Of course, this has no legal consequences,” the Speaker of the Georgian Parliament said.
The de facto authorities of the Russian-occupied Tskhinvali declared on Wednesday they were set to hold a public referendum to join Russia.