AMSTERDAM - The UN's highest court on Friday ruled it had no jurisdiction to hear Georgia's complaints of alleged human rights abuses by Russia on Georgian territory because the two sides had not held negotiations.
Georgia accused Russia of "serious violations" of a 1965 anti-discrimination treaty during three interventions in the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia from 1990 to August 2008 and a "systematic policy" of ethnic discrimination.
Russia asked for the case, lodged by Georgia at the International Court of Justice in 2008, to be dismissed. It said Georgia never properly raised the dispute or tried to negotiate, as the treaty requires before the ICJ court can be approached.
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