Press-releases of the Embassy

September 5, 2008

Statement of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Member States of the Collective Security Treaty Organization in Relation to the Events in South Ossetia, Moscow, September 4, 2008

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization are deeply concerned by the military actions undertaken by the Georgian side in South Ossetia that led to numerous casualties among the civilian population, deaths of Russian peacekeepers and a grave humanitarian catastrophe. The tragedy in South Ossetia has shown the full danger of a military buildup in the Caucasus Region and of attempts to solve conflicts by force.

The events around South Ossetia have also shown the dangers inherent in the policy of double standards in international relations. The ministers call on all states to approach assessment of the situation in a balanced and objective way and not undertake any actions capable of provoking its further exacerbation.

The ministers support the active role of the Russian Federation in peace and cooperation assistance in the Caucasus and stand for ensuring lasting security for South Ossetia and Abkhazia on the basis of the UN Charter, the 1975 Helsinki Final Act, the 1966 International Covenants and other fundamental documents of international law.

In order to prevent new attempts at solving the conflict by force and to ensure peace and stability in this region, the ministers come out in favor of strict fulfillment of the principles for settlement, worked out by the President of the Russian Federation and the President of France.