Belgium advises against travel to Georgia
Belgian foreign minister expresses over violence and death toll in South Ossetia and advises travellers to postpone going to Georgia.12 August 2008
BELGIUM - The Belgian Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht has issued a statement on the war in South Ossetia.
De Gucht says he is very concerned about the "high death toll, which includes civilians and peace keepers, and the rising number of refugees."
"When holding the presidency of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 2006, Belgium closely followed the situation in South Ossetia. Belgium also took up its responsibility when holding the presidency of the UN Security Council before August 2008", the statement says.
Belgium currently holds the presidency of the Security Council. Since 6 August the Council held two meetings to discuss the situation.
"On Saturday 9 August, Belgium called another meeting."
"My priority is to reach an immediate cease-fire," De Gucht adds.
"It is of the utmost importance that the different parties involved in this conflict refrain from new violent acts."
Meanwhile, the Belgian Foreign Office advises travellers to postpone their journey to Georgia.
Belgians staying in Georgia now should contact the Belgian embassy in Ankara, in Turkey, or the honorary consul in Tbilisi.
[flandersnews.be / Expatica]