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Cablegate: North Atlantic Council Condemns Russian Recognition

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SUBJECT: NORTH ATLANTIC COUNCIL CONDEMNS RUSSIAN RECOGNITION

1. (SBU) On Wednesday, August 27, the North Atlantic Council
issued a statement in regards to Russian recognition of South
Ossetia and Abkhazia.

2. (SBU) The text of the statement follows:

Statement

by the North Atlantic Council on the Russian recognition of
South Ossetia and Abkhazia regions of Georgia

The North Atlantic Council condemns the decision of the
Russian Federation to extend recognition to the South Ossetia
and Abkhazia regions of Georgia and calls upon Russia to
reverse its decision.

Russia's decision violates the many UN Security Council
resolutions it has endorsed regarding Georgia's territorial
integrity, and is inconsistent with the fundamental OSCE
principles on which stability in Europe is based. Russia's
actions have called into question its commitment to peace and
security in the Caucasus.

Georgia's recovery, security and stability are important to
the Alliance. NATO calls on Russia to respect Georgia's
territorial integrity and to fulfill its commitments under
the six-principle agreement signed by President Saakashvili
and President Medvedev (FOOTNOTE).

FOOTNOTE: As complemented by President Sarkozy's
clarifications and correspondence on this issue.

End text.

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