Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Lasha Darsalia on Tuesday said the 59th round of the Geneva International Discussions - the platform that addresses security and humanitarian consequences of the 2008 Russia-Georgia conflict - would focus on the “aggravation” of the security and humanitarian situation in the country’s Russian-occupied territories.
In his remarks over the Discussions, set to be held on Wednesday, Darsalia noted one of the main issues on the agenda would be the killing of the Georgian citizen Tamaz Ginturi by Russian-controlled occupation forces in territory adjacent to the occupied Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) region earlier this month.
Unfortunately, the security and humanitarian situation in the occupied territories is complicated. Therefore, this round will not be easy. Unfortunately, we do not expect, as always, that the topics will be discussed easily”, he said.
The Georgian diplomat placed “all responsibility” for the circumstances in the territories on Russia and called for the perpetrators of Ginturi’s killing to be punished.
He also pointed out his Government had “no trust” in, and did not recognise, the investigation into the case by the de facto authorities in occupied Tskhinvali.