U.S. Dept of State demands withdrawal of Russian troops from Abkhazia and South Ossetia
Mark Toner, the official representative of U.S. Dept of State, claimed of America's support of the sovereignty of Georgia and necessity to withdraw Russian military bases from the territory of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
The statement was made at the special briefing after Hillary Clinton's meeting with Georgian PM Nika Gilauri.
"We expressed our strong support for Georgian sovereignty and continued to work with them. I believe the Strategic Dialogue touches on a broad range of issues, both security as well as economic development. But I can get - try to get a fuller readout for you" - eNews Park Forest.
"We reiterated what we have often said, or said since the ceasefire in 19 - in 2008, excuse me, which is that we would like Russian forces to return to the status quo ante," he added. .
In the course of her meeting with Gilauri Clinton also expressed support for Georgia's territorial integrity principle. "The United States will not waver in its support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity. That support is a core principle of our Charter on Strategic Partnership, and it is fundamental to our bilateral relationship," she said.
"We continue to call on Russia to end its occupation of Georgian territory, withdraw its forces, and abide by its other commitments under the 2008 ceasefire agreements. Georgia has taken a constructive approach in our common efforts to address this challenge through the talks in Geneva. We support the objectives of Georgia's State Strategy on Occupied Territories, and we are prepared to undertake activities that reinforce these important objectives", she added.
The Foreign Ministry of Abkhazia responded with a special statement. "Such an overt pro-Georgian position of the USA, one of the co-chairmen of the Geneva Talks, causes reasonable doubts of the Abkhaz side about the feasibility of Abkhazia's participation in the discussions," the document says.
Merab Chigoyev, the MP of South Ossetian Parliament, also criticized the statements on "occupation" and explained Russian troops are deployed in the territory of South Ossetia on legal basis, in accordance with inter-state agreement on joint Russian military base.