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Bush is not seriously interested in the "integrity of Georgia"

August 26 2008
03:22

U.S. President George W. Bush said he was "deeply concerned" by the decision of the State Duma and Federation Council of Russia to recognize South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent, sovereign and independent States. On Monday, both houses of Russian parliament unanimously voted to recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

"I am deeply concerned by today's appeal to President Medvedev by the upper and lower houses of Russian parliament ... to recognize the Georgian regions - Abkhazia and South Ossetia - as independent countries," - said in a statement Bush released by the press service of the White House. "I urge the Russian government to fulfill its commitments and not recognize these separatist regions" - Bush said.

Georgia began on August 8 military action in South Ossetia and shelled the capital of the breakaway republic of Tskhinvali. Victims of armed conflict, according to authorities in South Ossetia, were 2100 people. Russia to protect South Ossetians, many of whom are Russian citizens, introduced into the region to help peacekeepers stationed there about 10 thousand soldiers and hundreds of pieces of military equipment.

August 12, Russia said the completion of the operation to force Georgia to peace, and on August 22 announced that it completed the withdrawal of troops to the positions defined by the decision of the Joint Control Commission for Georgian-Ossetian conflict of 1999.

In the statement, Bush also stated that "the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia must enjoy the same respect as territorial integrity and sovereignty of every other country, including Russia." "When President Medvedev signed a French brokered ceasefire agreement, Russia agreed to" at the beginning of international talks on security and stability in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. This represents an internationally endorsed approach to these issues, which would be undermined by the recognition (of South Ossetia and Abkhazia), "- said in a statement the U.S. president.

Bush said, "Recognition (of South Ossetia and Abkhazia) and would be inconsistent with unanimously adopted UN Security Council resolutions, for which Russia has consistently voted in the past." "The U.S. will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Georgia and their democracy and to maintain its sovereignty territorial integrity," - says the statement. About this RIA News .

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