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Linas Linkevičius

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Lithuanian Foreign Ministry’s statement on closure of two crossing points in Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia

Created: 2017.03.01 / Updated: 2017.03.01 15:50

Lithuania is deeply concerned over the announcement to close two crossing points along the Administrative Boundary Line of Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia, connecting it with the rest of Georgia. Such a decision will have an adverse effect on thousands of residents of the region, who used the crossing points daily as commuters, including the most vulnerable groups – schoolchildren, the elderly and the sick.

On 25 February 2017, the European External Action Service issued a statement underscoring that “Such a unilateral decision would go against commitments to work towards enhanced security and improved living conditions for the conflict-affected population. Furthermore, it would be contrary to efforts to normalise the situation by creating an atmosphere that is not conducive to longer-term conflict resolution and overall stability in the region.” Lithuania contributes to the international community’s calls for the maintenance of the opening of the crossing points to ensure the freedom of movement, including humanitarian crossings.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania reiterates its strong support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, and stresses the importance of the Geneva International Discussions for ensuring security and stability in the region and aiming at the peaceful resolution of the conflict. Lithuania once again calls on the Russian Federation to fulfil its international commitments undertaken under the ceasefire agreement of 12 August 2008 and the subsequent implementing measures, including granting an unfettered access for the EU Monitoring Mission and humanitarian organizations to Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region.

 

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