Commenting the decision to cancel visa regime between the EU and Georgia, adopted by the European Parliament on Thursday, February 2, the Georgian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mikheil Janelidze said that the visa-free regime will also be valid for the "residents of the occupied territories."
"Those Georgian citizens residing on the territories, not controlled by the authorities of the country - Abkhazia and Tskhinval region (South Ossetia), will also be able to take advantage of the visa-free regime with the EU", - said M. Janelidze.
In this regard, the Abkhaz Foreign Ministry deems it necessary to emphasize that the decision taken by the European Parliament can apply solely to the citizens of Georgia and has nothing to do with the citizens of the Republic of Abkhazia.
We regard the statement by M. Janelidze as another clumsy attempt of Tbilisi authorities to "engage" citizens of the Republic of Abkhazia in the political and legal space of Georgia. It is obvious that after the complete failure of the venture with the so-called "neutral passports", the Georgian authorities have decided to use another lure for citizens of Abkhazia in the form of liberalization procedure of visa regime with the EU countries. There is no doubt that this new attempt of Tbilisi to pull our citizens in Georgia, as well as all previous ones, is doomed to failure.
Based on the foregoing, the Foreign Ministry of Abkhazia declares the futility of attempts of the Georgian authorities to use the citizens of the Republic of Abkhazia in their own political manipulations. If Georgian leaders are sincerely concerned about the issues of freedom of movement of citizens of the Republic of Abkhazia, they should abandon the policy of international isolation of our citizens, who are denied entry to the EU thorough the fault of Tbilisi.
Once again we urge the European institutions to refuse to support the populist actions of Georgia, and draw attention to the need to take real measures aimed at de-isolation of citizens of the Republic of Abkhazia.
The statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia was voiced by the Press Secretary Laura Taniya.
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