Comment by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Ossetia on the resolution accepted by the UN General Assembly on the situation of Internally Displaced Persons and refugees from South Ossetia and Abkhazia

МИД Южной Осетии

On June 7, within the framework of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, a resolution initiated by Georgia on the situation of internally displaced persons and refugees from South Ossetia and Abkhazia was adopted yet again.

The annual adoption at the UN of this lopsided document, which absolutely distorts the real state of affairs, is still being used by Georgia as a propaganda step, giving, according to the Georgian authorities, legitimacy to Georgia's illegal claims on the territory of neighboring states, as well as implanting on the international community a non-existent agenda, so-called "occupation of Georgian territories".

There is not a word in the document that the cause of the problem of refugees and internally displaced persons is the military aggression unleashed by Georgia in 1989 against the peoples of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. There is no mention of the fact that as a result of ethnic cleansing, more than one hundred thousand of its Ossetian residents were forced to leave the territory of Georgia.

Such selective "forgetfulness" nullifies the significance of this annual UN resolution, traditionally adopted without taking into account the opinions of those to whom, in fact, claims and demands are made.

For many years of regular adoption, this document has not contributed at all to the practical solution of the real problems of the people to whom it is dedicated. Moreover, Georgia's vicious practice of speculating on this very serious problem has led to the blocking of the discussion of the issue of refugees and IDPs in the framework of the Geneva discussions.

Such Georgian initiatives, carried out for the sake of a set of political dividends, seriously complicate the work of the Geneva discussions – the only dialogue format that allows representatives of South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Georgia to directly exchange views and assessments of what is happening in search of common ground.

Tskhinval, June 8, 2023