Thursday, August 28, 2008

Final document of SCO does not approve Russian military campaign against Georgia

The final document of the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) does not contain explicit approval of the Russian military campaign against Georgia. It states only that the SCO countries "support the active role of Russia in promoting peace" in South Ossetia. However, the declaration reaffirms the commitment and efforts "aimed at preserving the unity of Georgia and its territorial integrity."

"The SCO Member States have expressed deep concern over the recent tensions in South Ossetia and urge the relevant parties to settle the existing problems through peaceful dialogue." SCO members also "welcomed" the ceasefire in the conflict zones, reached under the mediation of French President Nicolas Sarkozy. (


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