Situation in South Ossetia (Georgia)
Paris, August 8, 2008
M. Bernard Kouchner, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, is extremely concerned about the events in South Ossetia, Georgia. He deplores the loss of human life.
As President of the European Union Council, the Minister is in contact with all the protagonists in the crisis. His immediate objective is to secure a ceasefire, and he is working on its terms.
To this end, yesterday evening he had several telephone conversations with his Georgian opposite number, Mrs Eka Tkeshelashvili. Given the situation, he has decided to return to Paris tomorrow.
He has reviewed the situation with Mr Javier Solana, Secretary-General of the Council/High Representative for the CFSP, and Mr Alexander Stubb, Chairman-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Finnish Foreign Minister.
France reiterates her commitment to Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within her internationally recognized borders.
France calls on all parties immediately to cease hostilities and resume the negotiations, the only way of finding a way-out of the crisis.
Given the seriousness of the situation in South Ossetia (Georgia) and the multiple contacts established since yesterday evening by the French Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Mr. Bernard Kouchner, it has been decided that envoys from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the European Union and the United States will be sent to Georgia to secure a ceasefire as soon as possible./.