Jan 15, 2011

Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the discrimination of ethnic Georgians and violation of their property rights in occupied Abkhazia

Electronic media sources spread reports on the discriminative decision adopted at a regular session of the so-called commission "to secure legality while resolving property rights of Russian citizens in Abkhazia" held in occupied Sukhumi, in December 2010.

By decision of the so-called commission co-chaired by G. Enik, chief of the so-called "president's administration" and S. Grigoriev, so-called "ambassador" of the Russian Federation in Abkhazia, applications of ethnically Georgian citizens of Russia on their property rights will be rejected by the commission. This decision was made public by the Russian Federation's official D. Visherniov, second secretary of the so-called "embassy".

This decision makes it obvious that Russia acting in defiance of its domestic laws and the norms and principles of international law employs an ethnically-based discriminative approach against its own citizens. Such approach once again indicates that Russia's policy against Georgia and ethnic Georgians contradicts the standards of international law and human rights law and is nothing else but persecution along ethnic lines. Under such circumstances it is little wonder that multiple ethnic cleansing of the Georgian population has been taking place on Russia's occupied territories since the 1990s and the facts of persecution and discrimination involving citizens of Georgia and ethnic Georgians were reported on the Russian territory itself in 2006. Of particular concern is the fact that Russia is insistent in its efforts to establish its fascist policy on the international arena.

The international community unanimously supports the unconditional and dignified return of internally displaced persons from Abkhazia, Georgia and the Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, Georgia to the places of their origin and the inviolability of their property on the occupied territories, to which attests a great number of resolutions and decisions adopted in the frames of UN.

Against such background, the activity of the so-called commission on Georgia's occupied territories can be described as an attempt of the two criminal-fascist gangs to divide the plundered property between them.

Tbilisi, 13 January 2010