Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Ossetia

Resolution on “Status of internally displaced persons and refugees from Abkhazia, Georgia and the Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, Georgia” submitted by Georgia, has for the 9th time been adopted on the 71st session of the UN General Assembly on June 1, 2017.

Unfortunately, the contents of the document again fails to describe true problems of people, who suffered of several military aggressions form Georgia against its neighboring states and proceeding territorial claims to the Republic of South Ossetia and the Republic of Abkhazia.

Obviously, there is a deliberate silencing of reasons which led to the most difficult humanitarian problem, to absolute ignorance of interests of more than 100 thousand ethnic Ossetians, residents of Georgia, who were forced to leave their homes facing life-threat coming from Georgian national fascists, who had seized the power in late 1980’s.

We consider it totally lawlessly to discuss regional problems behind the backs of the states which indeed are interested in solution of those problems. The support, given to political and propaganda interests of Georgia at international stages, against the background of absence of opponents and true picture of state of affairs in the region, can not and will not promote solution of important and rather tough problem of refugees.

The inadmissible politicization of the problem of refugees at international stages that started as a result of the ongoing aggressive policy pursued by Georgia in relation to South Ossetia and Abkhazia has already led to blocking of discussion on this question within the format of the Geneva International Discussions. Further steps in this direction could only hazard the situation and significantly postpone the perspective of regulating Ossetian-Georgian relations and development of a firm security and peace system in the region.

Tskhinval, June 7, 2017