U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice meets Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
July 10, 2008
On-going series: Crisis in the Caucasus - 2008
The Russian / Georgian Conflict and Its Impact on Azerbaijan
Rice: "We have had very good discussions here. I want to again affirm that the United States remains committed to the territorial integrity of Georgia, to its democratic development. It is extremely important that the conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia be resolved on the basics - basis of principles that respect that territorial integrity, that respect the need for them to be resolved peacefully. We have noted concerns that violence should be - should not be carried out by any party. And we, through the Friends process, will do everything that we can to help resolve those conflicts.
"You know that we have been concerned from time to time about activities in the region, and I have, indeed, said that some of the activities that Russia has engaged in have been activities that have not promoted a peaceful resolution. But that said, we believe that the friends process needs to continue. And I committed to you to try with our colleagues to reinvigorate and to, indeed, intensify our efforts to resolve these frozen conflicts."