US president "deeply concerned" about Georgia-Russia conflict

Other News Materials 9 August 2008 19:17 (UTC +04:00)

US President George W Bush on Saturday expressed deep "concern" concerning the fighting between Georgian and Russia troops in the South Ossetian crisis, dpa reported.

"The attacks are occurring in regions of Georgia far from the zone of conflict in South Ossetia. They mark a dangerous escalation in the crisis," Bush said, speaking in the Chinese capital Beijing where he attended the Olympic opening ceremonies on Friday.

Bush called on the two sides to resolve the regional issue peacefully, adding that Georgia was a sovereign nation whose territorial integrity needed to be respected.

He specifically called on Russia to stop bombings and for a "return by the parties to the status quo of August 6."

The US politician also said his country would be working with partners in Europe to mediate a solution to the conflict.

On Friday, the United States announced that it was sending an envoy to help bring about a ceasefire in the conflict in Georgia's breakaway South Ossetia region.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had also been in contact with a number of foreign officials to seek an end to the hostilities.