U.S Secretary of State: U.S firmly supports unity of Georgia
Georgia, Tbilisi, July 5 / Trend N. Kirtskhalia /
'The United States strongly support the territorial integrity and unity of Georgia, " U.S. Secretary of Hillary Clinton said in Tbilisi at a joint briefing with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.
She said that this is the message that the U.S. president Barack Obama addressed to the Georgian people.
"We constantly discuss issues of occupation of Georgia with our Russian colleagues. U.S President Obama has firmly stated about support for Georgia by the U.S., its territorial integrity and unity to Russian President Medvedev June 24 in Washington, " Clinton said.
She stated that the "reset" in the relationship with Russia will not happen at the expense of Georgia. "We do not recognize the division of countries into spheres of influence and will not compromise our principles," she said.
Secretary of State stressed that the U.S. call for implementing the agreement on cease-fire and withdrawal of Russian troops from Georgia dated August 12, 2008.
"We have also indicated to the need for a humanitarian mission in the conflict zone and establishing a mechanism of non-violent solution. Mechanisms should be created to resolve the issue. Russia is not relieved from its obligations under the cease-fire, although they have taken unilateral steps to recognize Georgia's separatist regions," Clinton said.
Clinton stressed she did not know when the issue with the territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia can be resolved. But Georgia should continue building democracy.
Clinton thanked for the warm welcome of the Georgian president, promising that her first visit to the country will not be the last one.