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US Calls For Halt To Bombings In Abkhazia, Georgia

Press Statement
Sean McCormack, Spokesman
Washington, DC
July 7, 2008

Bombing in Abkhazia, Georgia

The United States reiterates its strong support for Georgia's territorial integrity, and calls for an immediate halt to recent bombings on both sides of the ceasefire line in Abkhazia, Georgia, which have claimed the lives of innocent civilians.

We urge the Georgian Government and Abkhaz de facto authorities to build on efforts of the UN Friends group and resume direct talks to elaborate their own peace plan to reduce military tension, provide for the return of refugees and internally displaced persons, foster economic cooperation, and pursue a political settlement of the Abkhazia conflict.

We call on Russia to reverse its recent provocative steps in Abkhazia and consult Tbilisi on any future steps in both Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

We note the urgent need for an international police presence in the areas where these bombings have occurred.

2008/554
Released on July 7, 2008

ENDS

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