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    Georgia does not recognize the referendum conducted in Crimea


    Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia has released an official statement, which says that the state of Georgia does not recognize the referendum conducted in Crimea.


    `The Georgian Foreign Ministry does not recognize the referendum conducted in Crimea on the 16th of March 2014 amid pressure from Russian armed forces, in defiance of the universally recognized norms and principles of International Law, with complete disregard for the Ukrainian national laws.


    Russia`s attempt to annex Crimea represents a blatant violation of the commitments it has undertaken both under multilateral and bilateral agreements.


    The Georgian Foreign Ministry unequivocally reaffirms its support for Ukraine`s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders and calls upon the international community to consolidate efforts to make the Russian Federation order its troops back to base, to immediately de-escalate the situation in Crimea as well as in other regions of Ukraine, to enter into direct talks with the Ukrainian Authorities and to co-operate with the international community in order to find ways to deal with the existing situation,` the statement says.


    The chairperson of the puppet regime of Georgia`s occupied Abkhazian region, Aleksandr Ankvab was the first to recognize the results of the so-called referendum conducted by the Russian Federation in Ukraine`s Crimea on Sunday. According to the preliminary results, 95% of the voters supported integration of the peninsula into the Russian Federation. The Ukrainians and Tatars (ca 45% of Crimea's population) have not participated in this referendum

    Aleksandr Ankvab told Russian news agencies that it a unanimous national decision, which was based not only on a historic past but also on contemporary political reality. He says it is the example that the will of the people is supreme.


    In 1992-1993 and in 2008, Russia organized an ethnic cleansing of Georgians in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. More than 400,000 Georgians were driven out of Abkhazia & South Ossetia and are not allowed to return to their homes until today. After the ethnic cleansing  in Abkhazia and South Ossetia Russia organized a referendum in both regions.

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