On June 27, 2019 Counselor of Permanent Mission of Georgia to the United Nations Mr. Giorgi Mikeladze delivered a statement at the United Nations General Assembly Debate on "The responsibility to protect and the prevention of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity"
A stated by Mr. Mikeladze, Georgia has been continuously supporting the principle of responsibility to protect and welcomes the opportunity of formal debate on this important item at the General Assembly, this year again.
Mr. Mikeladze underlined that Georgia, a country with its own bitter experience, suffered several waves of ethnic cleansing due to the foreign military occupation and is no stranger to a heavy toll of a forced displacement for over two decades now.
Representative of Georgia recalled the dire situation of people living on the other side of the occupation line in the two Georgian regions of Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia. Despite numerous calls from international community, including the latest Human Rights Council Resolution on Georgia, both occupied regions remain closed for international human rights bodies, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Sadly people on the ground face grave violations of freedom of movement, restrictions on education in native language, deprivation of property rights, unlawful detentions and more. This situation creates an acute risks that could potentially grow into atrocity crimes and requires stronger international attention. The responsibility of Member States to assist is of paramount importance in this regard, especially when a sovereign state is prevented from exercising its responsibility due to foreign military occupation.
Mr. Mikeladze stated that it is imperative that the Security Council is able to act in a timely and efficient manner, exercising its critical role in prevention of mass atrocities. In this context, Georgia reiterated its full support to the French-Mexican initiative on voluntary veto right restriction to prevent these crimes and ACT Code of Conduct.
Full Statement: 2019 -R2P statement. docx.pdf