Joint Statement on Georgia by the Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom

August 28, 2008

  From 0:00 on August 28 (Japan Time), a telephone conference was held between Foreign Ministers and its representatives of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom, in which it has been agreed to issue the following statement on the situation in Georgia. (Mr. Kenichiro Sasae, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, was Japan’s representative.)

  We, the Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom, condemn the action of our fellow G8 member.  Russia’s recognition of the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia violates the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia and is contrary to UN Security Council Resolutions supported by Russia.  Russia’s decision has called into question its commitment to peace and security in the Caucasus.

  We deplore Russia’s excessive use of military force in Georgia and its continued occupation of parts of Georgia.  We call unanimously on the Russian government to implement in full the six point peace plan brokered by President Sarkozy on behalf of the EU, and in particular to withdraw its forces behind the pre-conflict lines.  We reassert our strong and continued support for Georgia’s sovereignty within its internationally recognized borders and underline our respect and support for the democratic and legitimate government of Georgia as we pursue a peaceful, durable solution to this conflict.

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