Washington, Jan. 24 (RFE/RL) - The United States says efforts by
former Soviet republics to encourage a peaceful settlement in
Georgia's conflict with Abkhaz separatists is a welcome initiative.
State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns told reporters today that
the U.S. supports the efforts agreed upon by the leaders of
the Commonwealth of Independent States at their summit in
Moscow a week ago.
Burns also reiterated the "very strong support" of the U.S. "for the independence, the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of the Republic of Georgia."
Initiatives decided in Moscow included an embargo on trade in
military equipment, a commitment to coordinate with Georgia on all
trade to the region and a three-month extension of a Russian
peacekeeping force on the border between Georgia and the breakaway
The U.S. also welcomed the decision by the United Nations Security
Council to keep observers in Georgia.