Visit by Russian Officials to Abkhazia and South Ossetia

Press Statement
Mark C. Toner
Acting Deputy Spokesman, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
April 30, 2011

Russia’s recent efforts to conclude formal state-to-state agreements with the “de facto” authorities in Abkhazia and South Ossetia during a visit this week to those separatist regions are inconsistent with the principle of territorial integrity and Georgia’s internationally recognized borders. The United States remains committed to a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Georgia’s separatist regions and the restoration of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. We further call upon all parties to the conflict to fully implement their commitments pursuant to the 2008 Ceasefire Agreement.

PRN: 2011/667