Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

EU Does Not Recognize Constitutional Presidential Elections In Abkhazia

Posted by Info on 28/08/2011

The breakaway region of Georgia , Abkhazia went to the polls on Friday following the death of President Sergei Bagapsh in May.The turnout was 72%. Alexander Ankvab has won the presidential election with 54.9% of the vote.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev congratulated Ankvab on his victory but Tbilisi called the polls illegitimate and NATO said it would not recognize them.
“The alliance reiterates its full support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders,NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
Russia has thousands of troops in Abkhazia and issues Russian passports to its residents.

BUT The European Union does not recognize the constitutional and legal framework
within which the presidential elections in the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia have taken place, EU High Representative Catherine Ashton said.“The European Union reiterates its support to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia, as recognized by international law.”

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