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US Congressmen sign resolution to support Georgia’s sovereignty and integrity

By Messenger Staff
Monday, March 28
United States’ (US) lawmakers have registered a resolution in the US Congress that supports Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as an expanded Georgia-US partnership and closer cooperation.

The resolution was signed on March 23 in the House of Representatives of Congress by the Georgian Friends Group, formed last year, in the US legislative body.

The resolution condemned Russia’s military intervention in Georgia and the continuing occupation of Georgian lands, as well as Russia’s unlawful actions at the so-called Administrative Boundary Line (ABL), separating Georgia from its two de-facto regions of Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) and Abkhazia.

The resolution also called on Russia to annul its recognition of the independence of Georgia’s regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and reverse its current policy opposing Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

It also appealed to Russia to meet the obligations taken through the ceasefire agreement signed on August 12 2008 after the Russia-Georgia war of that year, and underlined the importance of more tangible results in the frame of the Geneva International Discussions between Georgia and Russia.

The resolution requested that the US administration enhance relations with Georgia and support the country in upgrading its self-defence capabilities.

The resolution will be discussed at Congress’s Foreign Affairs Committee with a vote then held at the House of Representatives.

Georgia’s Defence Minister Tinatin Khidasheli said the resolution was a result of a “long time and hard work of the current Georgian Government.”

“We can say now that the resolution will face no problems and will be approved, as this type of resolutions are rarely initiated if there are no preconditions of significant support,” Khidasheli said.