EU must help Georgia to regain Abkhazia - a letter of ex-leaders of Europe

Former Czech president Vaclav Havel and former leaders of some European countries urged the EU to develop a strategy that will help restore the territorial integrity of Georgia. The text of an open letter published on Tuesday a national Czech newspaper Mlada Front Dnes.

The authors of an open letter called "leaders of the 27 democratic nations of the European Union to propose an active strategy that would help Georgia peacefully turn back their land, to restore the territorial integrity and to achieve the withdrawal of Russia's units stationed on Georgian soil."

In Havel's letter was signed by former Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus, Esk Speaker of Lithuanian Parliament Vytautas Landsbergis, former Estonian Prime Minister Mart Laar, the oldest of the Habsburg dynasty now living - 96-year-old Otto von Habsburg.

Former European politicians say that no one wants a confrontation with Moscow and return to the Cold War period. "However, it is important that the European Union and its Member States have sent an unambiguous signal to Russia's leadership," the letter said.

"The European Union has arisen precisely in order to protect against new attempts to Munich and the Iron Curtain," write former European policy.

On the night of August 8, 2008, Georgian forces attacked South Ossetia and destroyed part of its capital, Tskhinvali. Russia, defending the inhabitants of the republic, many of whom have taken the citizenship of Russia, sent troops there, and after five days of fighting pushed the Georgian troops from the region. In August 2008, Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

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