CSTO backs Moscow over South Ossetia

The Foreign Ministers of Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member states appreciate Russia's role in the promotion of peace and cooperation in the Caucasus, according to a statement signed during today's meeting in Moscow.

The document reads that the Ministers are deeply concerned over Georgia's military operations in South Ossetia, which have caused numerous civilian victims, the deaths of Russian peacekeepers and a terrible humanitarian catastrophe.

The tragedy in South Ossetia has demonstrated the danger of building up military forces in the region and attempting to resolve the conflict through the use of force. CSTO Foreign Ministers call on other countries to assess the situation correctly and abstain from actions that could lead to further escalation of the conflict, according to the statement.

[Source: RosBusinessConsulting, Moscow, 04sep08]

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