Riga will commemorate the outbreak of the Russia-Georgia war

06.08.2009. 14:52

With the aim to support Georgia and appeal to the international community to be actively engaged with the resolution of the still precarious post-war situation in this country, Latvian NGOs organise a public campaign on Friday, August 7, at 14:00 near the Embassy of Georgia, Raina Boulevard 3, Riga. In the framework of the event, Georgian flag will be made out of white and red roses.

The campaign will begin with a moment of silence to commemorate the victims of the war, which will be held the same time within whole of Georgia.

Everyone is welcomed to attend the campaign, taking with him/her flowers!

This weekend will mark one year anniversary since the Russian military attack on Georgia.

A coalition of Latvian NGOs for support of Georgia established during the August 2008 Russia-Georgia war, represented by the Baltic to Black sea Alliance (BBSA), Latvian Transatlantic organisation (LATO), Latvian Transatlantic Youth Club (LTYC), European Movement Latvia, Association of YWCA/YMCA of Latvia, Latvia-Georgia cooperation fund, Latvian NGDO Platform, Latvian Red Cross, Latvian Conservative Youth Union and Georgian association in Latvia “Samshoblo”, maintains that the current situation in Georgia year after the end of the military actions is still very fragile and threatens the country’s sovereignty, its democratic development as well as regional security.

The Chairperson of the BBSA Sarmite Elerte, commenting on the current situation in Georgia, stresses that “Twenty percent of the internationally recognized territory of Georgia are still occupied by the Russian Armed Forces, which contradicts the Six-point ceasefire agreement concluded on August 12 last year. There are around 35 000 IDPs in Georgia, who fled their homes during the war and are not allowed to return, because their houses are located in the territories occupied by the Russian Federation. Moreover, part of the houses are burnt down and demolished on purpose. Everyday inhabitants of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and nearby regions  suffer from the assaults, but their basic human rights are violated. And it is a very alarming that recently Russia’s rhetoric towards Georgia has become even more aggressive.”

We call on all people of Latvia, who are not indifferent to the future of Georgia, to show their support and solidarity with this state, appealing to the governments of the EU and NATO member states (among them Latvia’s) to be actively engaged in the stabilization of the situation in order to achieve the elimination of the consequences of the war – withdrawal of the Russia’s Armed Forces from Georgia and return of the IDP to their homes under the supervision of an international monitoring mission with a strong mandate.