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The recent developments in Georgia – South Ossetia

Norway aligned itself with an EU declaration on the recent development in South Ossetia.

27/02/2006 ::  

The European Union refers to the Resolution of the Georgian Parliament of 15
February 2006 on South Ossetia, the peace process and the performance of the
peacekeeping force under Russian-commanded.

The European Union reiterates its support for a peaceful resolution of the
territorial conflicts in Georgia, based on respect for the sovereignty and
territorial integrity of Georgia
within its internationally recognised borders.

The European Union urges all parties concerned to refrain from unilateral
action and to find a constructive approach in order to increase the
effectiveness of peacekeeping in South Ossetia.

The European Union stresses the need for a constructive exchange of views
between interested international actors in the region, including EU and OSCE
Member States, on possible additional
efforts contributing to peaceful settlement mechanisms in South Ossetia.

The European Union points to the need to increase the effectiveness of the
negotiating mechanisms. The work of the Joint Control Commission (JCC) should
be measured by the rapid implementation of all outstanding agreements
previously reached and in particular by the start of demilitarisation.

The European Union deeply regrets the cancellation of the high-level JCC
meeting as scheduled to take place in Vienna (20-21 February), and urges the
parties to resume dialogue as soon as possible.

The European Union recalls its support for the initiatives taken towards
peaceful resolution of the conflict and, following decisions made at the OSCE
Ministerial Council in Ljubljana in
December 2005, its belief that the Peace Plan built upon the initiatives of the
President of Georgia presented at the 59th UNGA will serve as a basis for the
peaceful settlement of the
conflict.

The European Union reiterates that it stands ready to contribute actively, and
in every relevant forum, to accelerating the process of demilitarisation and of
conflict resolution overall, which
has been stalled for too long.

The European Union underlines the value of the Georgian leadership’s commitment
to political and economic reforms, based on respect for democratic values, rule
of law and human rights, including rights of ethnic minorities.
The Acceding Countries Bulgaria and Romania, the Candidate Countries Croatia*
and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the
Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia
and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, and the EFTA countries Iceland,
Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as
Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova align themselves with this declaration.

* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of
the Stabilisation and Association Process.

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