The head of the European Union’s representation in Georgia, Janos Herman, said that the EU condemns the decision of Syria to recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry of Abkhazia and South Ossetia reported that Syria recognized the independence of the two republics. After that, Georgia began the procedure for severing diplomatic relations with Syria.
“The EU fully supports the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders, and therefore we condemn the decision of Syria that is contrary to international law,” Herman told journalists after the meeting in the Georgian Foreign Ministry.
He added that the EU will continue to make efforts towards the peaceful settlement of conflicts.
Georgia on the night of August 8, 2008, fired South Ossetia from the Grad rocket launcher, Georgian troops attacked the republic and destroyed part of its capital, Tskhinvali. Russia, defending the inhabitants of South Ossetia, many of whom took Russian citizenship, introduced troops into the republic and after five days of fighting displaced the Georgian military from the region. Moscow on August 26, 2008 recognized the sovereignty of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
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