THE HAGUE, October 15 (RIA Novosti) - The International Court of Justice obliged Russia and Georgia on Wednesday to adopt temporary measures to protect the rights of the Georgian, South Ossetian and Abkhaz populations.
Announcing its ruling on a lawsuit filed by Georgia against Russia in August, the court said both sides must assist in the delivery of humanitarian aid to those still suffering the effects of the August conflict between Russia and Georgia.
In the lawsuit, Georgia accused Russia of violating the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and asked the court to adopt temporary measures to protect Georgian nationals.
In line with the ruling of the court, the main judicial body of the United Nations, Russia and Georgia must do everything possible to ensure security and freedom of movement and residence, as well as to protect the property of displaced persons and refugees.
Russia launched its five-day military operation to "force Georgia to accept peace" after Georgian troops attacked breakaway South Ossetia on August 8, killing a number of Russian peacekeepers and hundreds of civilians.
Russia's response to the Georgian attack was labeled disproportionate by a number of Western powers. On August 26, Russia recognized South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states.
The two republics broke away from Georgia following the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s amid armed conflicts that claimed thousands of lives.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said Wednesday Moscow would prove to the UN that the International Court of Justice has no jurisdiction over Georgia's claim against Russia.
The ministry also said Russia hopes Georgia will fulfill in good faith the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.