European Parliament Adopts a Resolution Condemning Killing of Georgian Tamaz Ginturi by Occupation Forces


The European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on November 23, on the killing of Tamaz Ginturi, a Georgian citizen, murdered by the Russian occupying forces. 495 MEPs supported the resolution.

The resolution "strongly condemns the murder of Tamaz Ginturi and the illegal abduction of Levan Dotiashvili," and calls for those responsible for Ginturi's murder and Dotiashvili's abduction to be held criminally responsible and brought to justice.

According to the resolutin, Russia continues with its policy of borderization, conducts illegal military exercises, restricts the freedom of movement and discriminates ethnic Georgians living in the occupied territories.

The resolution also urges the Council of the European Union to create a specific list, modeled after the Otkhozoria-Tatunashvili list. This list will identify individuals responsible for violating Georgian sovereignty, territorial integrity, and human rights and those individuals will be subject to targeted sanctions.

[Resolution] “reiterates its steadfast support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders; strongly condemns the illegal occupation of the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali/South Ossetia by the Russian Federation and the continued illegal ‘borderisation’ activities in those regions and urges the Russian Federation to fully implement the EU-mediated 12 August 2008 Ceasefire Agreement and unconditionally withdraw all occupational forces,” – MEPs say.

It also “underlines that any provocations by Russia, aimed at undermining sovereignty or territorial integrity must not influence Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration.”

MEPs also instruct the President of the European Parliament to forward the resolution to the Council of the EU, the European Commission, the Member States, the European Council, the UNHRC, the ICRC, the President of the OSCE, the Government and Parliament of Georgia and the Government of Russia.