Wednesday, November 18, 2009

PACE rapporteurs call for immediate release of Georgian teenagers held in Tskhinvali

The two co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the war between Georgia and Russia today called on the de facto authorities in Tskhinvali to release without delay the four Georgian teenagers arrested on 4 November 2009.

“The arrest and prolonged detention of these young people will only increase the tensions and bad blood between the people in this bitterly divided region,” said the co-rapporteurs, Mátyás Eörsi (Hungary, ALDE) and Luc Van den Brande (Belgium, EPP/CD).

“Moreover, this incident once more underscores the need for full and unimpeded access for international monitors on both sides of the administrative boundary of the breakaway region of South Ossetia, as we have repeatedly called for in our reports and Assembly resolutions.”

Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Strasbourg, 18.11.2009

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