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Monday, June 4
Press Release

On the “establishment of diplomatic relations” by Syria with Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

It is Japan’s consistent position that peaceful resolution of the issue concerning Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia and Abkhazia in Georgia in line with the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders is essential for the peace and stability of the country and the entire South Caucasus region.

This position is by no means affected by the “establishment of diplomatic relations” by Syria with Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia and Abkhazia, which are parts of Georgia’s territory. Japan opposes to any attempt to change Georgia’s internationally recognized borders.
(Embassy of Japan)

By Mariam Chanishvili

Streets, Vending Areas Flooded in Rustavi Town

First floors of houses and central roads were flooded by heavy rain in Rustavi, in a town located in several kilometers from the Georgian capital, causing serious problems to the local infrastructure and businesses.

The flood also damaged commercial facilities and shops, the Georgian Emergency Service Agency reported on Saturday.

Due to the mud flowing from the Lalgji Mountain, vehicles on the territory of the Rustavi automarket were flooded.

Several streets were cleaned and the water was pumped out shortly. Rescuers and the emergency service staff remain at the scene.

The discharged electricity supply has been restored.

Breakaway Abkhazia says Georgia and the US must accept its ‘independence’

The de facto Assistant Foreign Minister of Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia, Irakli Tuzhba stated that the process of recognition of independence of Abkhazia is irreversible and Georgia and the United States of America (USA) will have to accept the reality.

He noted that the Abkhazian Foreign Ministry is observing the “extremely nervous, almost hysterical” reaction of the US State Department about Syria’s recognition of the Georgian occupied territories of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali as independent states.

“Such reaction is not a surprise for us. On the contrary, the behavior of the US was predictable,” said Tuzhba.

Syria recognized the independence of the Georgian secessionist regions on May 29. Ten years ago Russia recognized independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in the wake of the Russia-Georgia 2008 war.

Georgia suspended diplomatic relations with Syria over its decision to recognize the breakaway Georgian regions.

The US, NATO, EU and dozens of European countries have condemned Syria’s decision, stating the step was illegal, contradicting the international law.