Statement on Georgia: The EU will continue to live up to its commitments

A vital part of Sajjad's work in the European Parliament is Chairing the Delegation to the EU-Armenia and EU-Azerbaijan Parliamentary Cooperation Committees and the EU-Georgia Parliamentary Association Committee (DSCA).  In respect of Georgia, the role of the Delegation is to strengthening of the bilateral cooperation between Georgia and the EU and thus provide the basis on which Georgia proceeds with its reform agenda.

Sajjad stated to the Foreign Minister of Georgia, Tamar Beruchashvili at their meeting in Batumi Georgia - "It's now time for the EU to deliver for Georgia and give it's people confidence on their chosen and now irreversible choice of a European pathway."
Sajjad stated to the Foreign Minister of Georgia, Tamar Beruchashvili at their meeting in Batumi Georgia -
"It's now time for the EU to deliver for Georgia and give it's people confidence on their chosen and now irreversible choice of a European pathway."

With increased tensions between Georgia and Russia, which Sajjad witnessed himself whilst leading a Delegation visit to Georgia, representing the European Parliament, Sajjad has issued the following statement:

"In name of the European Parliament's Delegation to the EU-Georgia Parliamentary Association Committee, I reiterate the European Parliament's and the EU’s principled position of full support for Georgia's territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.

The international community does not recognise the recent so-called treaties on alliance and integration signed between Russia and the two occupied territories of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia. Such ‘treaties’ violate Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and further contradict the principles of international law as well as Russia's international commitments.

Georgia's European Way is an irreversible track - provided Georgians are protected from Russian aggression.
Georgia's European Way is an irreversible track - provided Georgians are protected from Russian aggression.

The installation of new demarcation signposts along the South Ossetia administrative boundary line in early July constitutes a clear provocation, accruing tensions in the area. While this has occurred near a place of strategic infrastructure, we should not forget the clear negative effects this attempted ‘borderisation’ has on local population and livelihoods.

Bridge destroyed by Russains as Georgians fought for their freedom from Russia
Bridge destroyed by Russians as Georgians fought for their freedom from Russia

Such steps do not contribute to building trust nor to creating an atmosphere conducive to longer-term conflict resolution and regional stability.

They do, however, remind us all of the crucial role the EU Monitoring Mission is playing on the ground also by ensuring, every single day, we are fully informed of ongoing developments. We therefore fully subscribe to Presidents Donald Tusk 21/7 remarks that the EU “will continue to live up to its commitments in this respect”

Looking the Russians in the eye!
Looking the Russians in the eye!