European Union Still not Prepared Commenting on Recent Events of Georgian-Ossetian Conflict

Politics Materials 8 August 2008 15:30 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 8 August /corr. Trend R.Novruzov / The European Union is still not prepared to comment on the recent events of the Georgian-Ossetian conflict, the EU Special Representative for South Caucasus, Peter Semneby, told Trend .   

"Still it is early to express any point of view," Peter Semneby told correspondent of Trend via telephone on 8 August.

In the early morning of 8 August, large-scale military operations commenced in the unrecognized South Ossetia Republic. Information was provided that the Georgian military people entered Tsinkhvali in the early morning. Official Tbilisi describes the events as "re-establishment of constitutional disciplines". The unrecognized South Ossetia Republic asks Russia to provide military assistance. In the morning of 8 August, mobilization of the reserved military people was declared. This information was provided by the President of Georgia, Mikhail Saakashvili, through Georgian television. According to the information, over the past years, more than 100,000 people passed military training and were reserved. The trained people are under age of 25-45 years.      

Semneby said that time is required to devise common point of view on the events occurring in Georgia. "Currently I can not comment on the situation in Georgia," Semneby said.

In the beginning of 1990, South Ossetia, having the status of autonomies within Georgia, proclaimed its independence with the support of Russia. A military conflict resulted in lost of control over the territories by official Tbilisi. The countries worldwide and international organizations have not recognized independence of South Ossetia. The peaceful negotiations for more than ten years have not yielded any results.

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