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Cablegate: Osce Permanent Council: Contingency Statement On

Published: Thu 15 Oct 2009 08:59 PM
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SUBJECT: OSCE PERMANENT COUNCIL: CONTINGENCY STATEMENT ON
GEORGIA
1. (U) Post is authorized to draw from the following
statement at the October 15 meeting of the OSCE Permanent
Council if the Tagliavini Report is raised.
Begin text:
Thank you, Madam Chair.
We note that the report cited today was produced by an
independent commission whose findings are solely its own. My
government is carefully reviewing those findings. Like other
OSCE partners, we are focused on efforts to achieve a
long-term, peaceful resolution to the conflict, and to
develop better mechanisms for preventing and resolving crises.
As we look to the future, we must seek to address a number of
outstanding concerns. More than a year after the war in
Georgia, the security situation remains tense, and civilians
continue to suffer. We must urge Russia to fulfill the
provisions of the August 12 and September 8 agreements,
including the return of Russian troops to pre-war positions
and finally granting unhindered humanitarian access to
Georgia,s separatist regions. We encourage all concerned
parties to participate constructively in the Geneva
discussions and related mechanisms to rapidly address mutual
issues of concern. We must ensure the continued involvement
of the international community, and seek to establish an
international presence in the Georgian regions of South
Ossetia and Abkhazia. We appreciate the tireless efforts of
the Greek Chairmanship and Special Representative
Christopoulos in this regard, and remain committed to OSCE's
continued involvement in Georgia.
In addition, Madam Chair, we must continue to urge respect
for the human rights of all individuals in the conflict
areas; call for free and unhindered humanitarian access to
the separatist regions; and call for the safe, dignified, and
voluntary return of internally displaced persons and refugees.
The United States remains committed to helping the parties
achieve a long-term, peaceful resolution to the conflict, and
will continue to support Georgia,s sovereignty,
independence, and territorial integrity within its
internationally recognized borders.
Thank you, Madam Chair.
CLINTON
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