Caucasus Conflicts May be Settled Exclusively through International Law: Austrian Foreign Minister
Azerbaijan, Baku, 9 September / Trend corr. A.Gasimova/ The conflicts in Caucasus may be settled solely on the basis of international law, Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik said in Moscow on 9 September, Vesti channel quoted.
"Settlement of conflicts in Caucasus is possible only on the basis of respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity of states. EU will stick to this position and the principles approved by the United Nations," Minister said.
According to Plassnik, EU highly contributed to settlement of the crisis and that is appreciated by both sides. "I think EU will further adhere to this way of conflict settlement."
"There is a very important issue, that is South Ossetia and Abkhazia belong to Georgia. There is a great difference of opinion on the issue and it will not be possible to reach an agreement in near future," she said.
In the early morning of 8 August, large-scale military actions commenced in the unrecognized republic of South Ossetia. Georgian troops entered Tskhinvali. Later Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and forced back the Georgian servicemen.
On 12 August, Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev said he had decided to complete the operation on constraining Georgia to peace.
Russia unilaterally recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.