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Congress Rapporteurs on Georgia denounce elections in South Ossetia's Tskhinvali region

''The so-called ''presidential elections'' that took place on 25th March 2012 in the occupied Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, Georgia, cannot be recognised as legitimate. These elections are illegitimate under international law and no legal or constitutional basis for these elections exist. Moreover, the holding of so-called elections lacks legitimacy from human rights and humanitarian perspectives as well, since two thirds of the local population is forcefully expelled from their homes as a result of ethnic cleansing'', declared Congress members Ian Micallef (Malta, EPP/CD) and Helena Pihlajasaari (Finland, SOC) in the margins of the 22nd Congress Session in Strasbourg. The two country Rapporteurs reiterated that the right to a safe, dignified and voluntary return for the refugees and displaced persons should be recognised by all the actors in the conflict.



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