U.S. Congress supports Georgia with a new bill
18 December, 2018
U.S. Congress supports Georgia with a new bill
Unanimously the U.S. approved the act, which calls for imposing sanctions on Russian actors for the commission of serious human rights abuses in the occupied Georgian territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Although the bill has yet to be confirmed by the Senate and signed by the president before coming into play, Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani has stated that the bill upgrades the Georgian-US strategic partnership to a genuinely new level.

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Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani

“The House of Representatives
was unanimous in supporting the bill which is a very significant message. The bill responds to the Georgian parliament adopted Otkhozoria-Tatunashvili list, which includes the people who have violated the rights of Georgian citizens in the occupied regions of Georgia since 1990s”, said Zalkaliani.

The document condemns ongoing detentions, kidnappings, and other human rights violations committed in the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) regions, including the recent killings of Georgian citizens Archil Tatunashvili, Giga Otkhozoria, and Davit Basharuli.

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Human right violations occur in the breakaway regions and close to the proximity to the border

The document supports peaceful conflict resolution in Georgia, and supporting the establishment of international security mechanisms in the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region and the safe and dignified return of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees, reads the press release of the Foreign Ministry.

Furthermore, the resolution also supports Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic and European integration and calls for aiding Georgia in defense against Russia’s cyber-enabled warfare by increasing U.S. cybersecurity cooperation with Georgia.

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