Georgian president: Tbilisi-Moscow dialogue necessary for OSCE Astana summit (UPDATE)
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Kazakhstan, Astana, Dec. 1 / Trend A.Maratov /
Georgia tries to make concrete steps in transforming the South Caucasus to a region where human rights are respected and people live with dignity, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said at the OSCE Astana summit today.
"We rely on the power of words rather as opposed to the force of arms," he said. "The dialogue between Tbilisi and Moscow should become a mandatory part of the declaration on the results of the OSCE summit."
He added that a dialogue and a lack of confrontation would be steps forward.
"We must develop steps to eliminate the frozen conflicts and achieve stability in the region," the president said. "All of the agreements reached within the OSCE should be implemented. Our conflict with Russia should be resolved."
Georgia reaffirmed its statement made recently in Strasbourg that it will never use force to regain the breakaway republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
"We believe peace is the only way to achieve stability in the region and offer Russia a dialogue," Saakashvili said.
He also said measurable progress in resolving the conflict could be achieved with the OSCE.
Speaking at a European parliamentary session in Strasbourg, Saakashvili said his country will never again use force to regain the breakaway republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which have been occupied by Russia since 2008.
The summit is held in Astana on Dec. 1-2 and will bring together presidents and prime ministers from 56 OSCE member countries and 12 OSCE partner countries, as well as the heads of 68 international organizations.