Statement by Mr. Masahiko Koumura, Minister for Foreign Affairs, on Russia's Recognition of the Independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia
August 27, 2008
- Japan has supported consistently a peaceful resolution of this issue
based on Georgia’s territorial integrity. It is regrettable that
while international efforts are in progress for a peaceful resolution of
the issue, yesterday Russia unilaterally recognized the independence of
South Ossetia and Abkhazia, which is inconsistent with these international
- Japan calls on Russia not to take unilateral actions, as it is of the view that to achieve true regional stability, the issues surrounding Georgia should be peacefully solved based on the six-principle ceasefire agreement. Japan strongly hopes that Russia will take responsible actions as a G8 member.