The United States is seeking to return the OSCE monitoring mission to Georgia

The United States seeks the return of international organizations to Georgia and calls for the non-recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip H. Gordon said.

“The United States is trying to promote the existing format of dialogue to resolve the conflicts on Georgian territory and to return the OSCE monitoring mission to the country,” he said.

The OSCE observation mission in Georgia ceased its work in June 2009. Russia vetoed the continuation of its operations, claiming the organization’s non-fairness.

The dialogue to restore stability in the region of the Georgian conflict is held within the Geneva discussions established in October 2008.

The need for the Geneva talks on the situation in the South Caucasus arose after the military conflict between Georgia and South Ossetia in August 2008.

The talks traditionally take place in two parallel working groups. One group looks at security and stability in the region and the other deals with humanitarian questions. Representatives of the U.N., EU, OSCE, the United States, Georgia, Russia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia are attending.

Gordon also noted that the United States urges countries not to recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia — two breakaway Georgian regions that declared independence and seceded from Georgia in 2008.

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