EU holds emergency meeting over Georgia
The European Union foreign ministers agreed Wednesday to expand the bloc’s role in Georgia and assist in firming up the fragile peace deal between Russia and Georgia.14 August 2008
BRUSSELS - European Union foreign ministers agreed Wednesday to expand the bloc's role in Georgia, including the possible dispatch of EU peace monitors to firm up the fragile peace deal between Russia and Georgia.
"We are determined to act on the ground," said French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner after chairing the emergency EU meeting to discuss the crisis.
"The European Union cannot be indifferent to this war; these massacres are on our doorstep."
Georgia's foreign minister Ekaterine Tkeshelashvili made an impassioned appeal for the Europeans to send a mission.
He claimed that Russia was violating the cease-fire agreement brokered Tuesday by French President Nicolas Sarkozy (France currently holds the rotating EU presidency).
Belgium now holds the presidency of the United Nations Security Council. Belgian Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht stressed ahead of today's meeting that the EU should not form an 'anti-Russian front'.
Minister De Gucht thinks that a UN resolution would be advisable stating that all countries must respect the territory of other countries. De Gucht added that Russia did not have the right to intervene militarily in Georgia.
In the meantime, Belgium has earmarked EUR 500,000 to rebuild the war-torn Georgia.
No concrete measures taken at the EU emergency meeting
The European Foreign Minister met for four hours in Brussels to discuss the conflict in Georgia. According to the VRT reports, no concrete measures have been taken.
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