POLITICS
EU releases statement in relation to the latest developments in Georgia’s occupied Tskhinvali Region
26 February, 2018
The European Union (EU) Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Service has released statement in relation to the latest developments in Georgia’s breakaway region of Tskhinvali (so called South Ossetia).

“The latest developments in South Ossetia, Georgia, in particular the tragic death of a Georgian citizen, Mr Archil Tatunashvili, and detention of two others, are a source of grave concern. We express our condolences to Mr Tatunashvili's family. The European Union is ready, through its Monitoring Mission (EUMM), to support ongoing
investigations and to facilitate discussions through the Incident Prevention and Support Mechanism and the Mission Hotline”reads the statement.

As a reminder, on February 22, the occupation regime detained three citizens of Georgia – Archil Tatunashvili, Levan Qutashvili and Ioseb Pavliashvili in Akhalgori. One of the detainees, Archil Tatunashvili, died in prison on February 23.

The office of High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said they expect de facto authorities in Tskhinvali to urgently ensure that two Georgian citizens are allowed to travel to Tbilisi Administered Territory after being released from the custody.

“These latest developments underline the need for additional measures to ensure transparency and improve confidence. The European Union continues to firmly support peace building and conflict resolution in Georgia, including through its co-chairmanship of the Geneva International Discussions and the Monitoring Mission on the ground. We support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognised border”, the office reports.

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