UN Security Council calls emergency meeting on South Ossetia

Other News Materials 8 August 2008 21:55 (UTC +04:00)

The United Nations Security Council has called another emergency meeting scheduled for Friday afternoon in New York, after failing Thursday night to agree on a response to the escalation of violence in Georgia, dpa reported.

Thursday's late night meeting was called by Russia, whose ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, accused Georgia of aggressive behaviour toward the breakaway region of South Ossetia.

Friday's meeting has been requested by Georgia, whose ambassador to the UN Irakli Alasania said that the threat to the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia must be addressed immediately.

Alasania, in a letter to the council's president, said Russian troops had invaded Georgian territory and Russian planes had bombed targets in the country.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern about the latest fighting in a statement issued Thursday in New York and urged warring parties to refrain from action that could endanger stability in their region.