UN Security Council to Discuss South Ossetia
The UN Security Council will hold an emergency session to discuss situation in South Ossetia, Itar-Tass news agency and Russian news channel Vesti reported.
The session, which has been requested by the Russian side, is expected for 7am Moscow time on August 8, the Russian media reported quoting a spokesperson of the Russian mission in UN.
Meanwhile, Boris Malakhov, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman, told the Vesti news channel on August 8, that it was not yet too late to prevent "mass bloodshed."
"It now became clear why the Georgian side was refraining under various pretexts from signing a legally binding document on non-use of force," he added.
Meanwhile, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Fried said in an interview with Reuters on August 7, that he had spoken with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin by telephone, and "we both agreed to work together to get the fighting stopped in South Ossetia, and encourage political dialogue."
"It appears that the South Ossetians have instigated this up-tick in violence," Fried said. "We have urged the Russians to urge their South Ossetian friends to pull back and show greater restraint. And we believe that the Russians ... are trying to do just that."
"We're urging the Georgians to exercise restraint, but it seems the South Ossetians are the provocative party," he added.
[Source: Civil Georgia, Tbilisi, 08Aug08]
The Question of South Ossetia
|This document has been published on 10Aug08 by the Equipo Nizkor and Derechos Human Rights. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.|