Delivered by Ambassador Ihor Prokopchuk, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the International Organizations in Vienna, to the 1138th meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council, 23 March 2017
Ukraine aligns itself with the statement delivered by the Delegation of the European Union on the so-called “parliamentary elections” in the occupied Abkhazia region of Georgia. I would also like to add some remarks in national capacity.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine in its statement of 17 March 2017 strongly condemned the holding of illegal so called “parliamentary elections” in the occupied Abkhazia region of Georgia, signing the so called “agreement between the Russian Federation and “the Republic of Southern Ossetia” on the modalities for the incorporation of a number of military units of “the Republic of Southern Ossetia” into the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation” and so-called “referendum on changing the name of Tskhinvali region of Georgia”.
Ukraine considers such actions as yet another demonstration of Russia’s expansionist policy and as attempts to legitimize the occupation regime, which are null and void.
Ukraine reaffirms its support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia in its internationally recognized borders.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.