I T A L Y
Statement on the occasion of the Debate of the General Assembly of the United Nations
8 June 2022
Agenda item 36: protracted conflicts in the GUAM area and their implications for international peace, security and development
Italy supports the draft resolution and aligns itself with the statement delivered by the representative of the European Union. I would like to add some remarks in our national capacity.
We regret that so far no progress has been achieved on the issue of Internally Displaced Persons in Georgia and we recognize the right of IDPs and refugees to a safe and dignified return.
Italy is deeply concerned about the human rights violations in the Georgian breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. While commending the Georgian Government to continue exploring sustainable and feasible solutions for IDPs and promoting their integration, we also call for unhindered humanitarian access to grant needed support to these populations.
In the current situation where the unprovoked and unjustified Russian aggression on Ukraine has reawaken instability in Europe and beyond, it is impelling to foster our multilateral approach vis-à-vis protracted crises in our Continent, to leverage all the tools at our disposal to prevent further conflicts, and to respond to whomever blatantly violated the principles embodied in the United Nations’ Charter, the international legal order and the equal rights to existence of any Country or people.
To such extent, I would like to reaffirm Italy’s strong commitment to ensuring that any international dispute is resolved through legal and peaceful means, upholding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of States, and the inviolability of frontiers.
Looking at the long-running tensions in the Caucasus, I reaffirm in the same spirit Italy’s unwavering commitment to Georgia’s territorial integrity, and call for an intensification of the dialogue with the breakaway regions to relaunch the Geneva Talks while strongly supporting the work and the aim of the EU Monitoring Mission.
Thank you, Mr. President.