PACE monitors react to so-called ‘elections’ in the Georgian region of Abkhazia

The co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of Georgia, Titus Corla?ean (Romania, SOC) and Claude Kern (France, ALDE), have made the following statement regarding the so-called ‘presidential elections’ in the Georgian region of Abkhazia:

“We reiterate our full support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia within its internationally-recognised borders. The so-called ‘presidential elections’ in the Georgian region of Abkhazia on 25 August 2019 are therefore neither legal nor legitimate. As we have said before, these so-called elections hinder the peaceful settlement of the conflict and instead of uniting people they only drive them further apart. We can only condemn that.”

The co-rapporteurs are due to make a fact-finding visit to Georgia in the framework of the country’s ongoing monitoring procedure on 17 and 18 September 2019.