U.S. welcomes Georgia’s initiatives on conflict settlement
Tbilisi, Georgia, Oct. 28
By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:
The U.S. welcomes any serious proposal of the Georgian government that will be aimed at the conflict settlement, U.S Ambassador to Georgia Richard Norland told reporters Oct. 28.
He was commenting on Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili's recent statement in which autonomy was offered to Abkhazia and South Ossetia as part of Georgia's territory with the prospect of EU accession.
The ambassador said the U.S. supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia.
"If the Georgian government makes serious proposals, then we will support them in international format as part of the Geneva talks," Norland said.
The Geneva talks were convened after the armed conflict in August 2008 in Georgia, in accordance with the ceasefire agreement of Aug. 12.
On the night of August 8, 2008, military actions were launched on the territory of South Ossetia, Georgia. Later the Russian troops occupied the city and drove back the Georgian military. In late August, Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. In response, Tbilisi broke off diplomatic relations with Moscow and announced two unrecognized republics as occupied territories.
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