15.11.2011 - The co-rapporteurs of the Council of
Europe Parliamentary Assemblyâ€™s (PACE) Monitoring Committee for Georgia, Michael
Aastrup Jensen (Denmark, ALDE) and Kastriot Islami (Albania, SOC) today
underscored that they did not recognize the legitimacy of the elections that
were recently conducted in South Ossetia and reiterated their support for the
territorial integrity of Georgia.
"The unilateral declaration of independence of the breakaway
regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia is illegitimate under international law
and therefore no legal or constitutional basis for these elections exists" they
none of the more than 20.000 ethnic Georgian IPDs that were forced from their
houses as a result of the war were allowed to vote. Recognizing these elections
as legal would be legitimizing the ethnic cleansing that took place in 2008.
That is unacceptable to us" they concluded.
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