Walkout at Geneva Talks on Georgia

Press Statement
Ian Kelly
Department Spokesman, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
May 18, 2009

The U.S. regrets that Russia followed the South Ossetian separatists in walking out of the Geneva discussions on Georgia on May 18 during the introductory round of remarks. The U.S. also regrets the Abkhaz decision to boycott the talks from the start. The United States is dismayed by such behavior, which contravenes the spirit of the August 12 ceasefire brokered by French President Sarkozy as well as UN Security Council Resolution 1866, both of which call for talks to contribute to security and stability in Georgia. We hope the Russian delegation and South Ossetian and Abkhaz participants will attend the talks when they reconvene on May 19.



PRN: 2009/472