May 22, 2022

Gov’t to continue “national, pragmatic and peaceful” policy to ensure reconciliation with Ossetians, Abkhazians – PM

The Georgian Government “must be able” to ensure reconciliation with Ossetians and Abkhazians through a “national, pragmatic and peaceful” policy, Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili told reporters in the central Georgian city of Gori on Saturday.

Speaking during his weekend tour of regions to inspect ongoing infrastructure projects, Garibashvili said the Government had inherited the Russian occupation of its Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) and Abkhazia regions from the previous ruling party….


He also highlighted the occupation had been “triggered by a senseless war and provocation that could have been avoided in 2008….” He added the Russian army’s last contingent had left Georgian territories by 2007, before the outbreak of the war a year later.

The head of the Government stressed the war in 2008 had “completely destroyed trust” that “had been restored” between Georgians and Ossetians, pointing to citizens – including “doctors, soldiers and policemen” – being able to move “freely” in central Georgia’s now-occupied Tskhinvali region.