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UN Resolution on Georgia (Draft)

Published August 11, 2008

The draft version of this UN resolution was circulated on August 11, 2008 to Security Council member states.

The Security Council,

Gravely concerned at the escalation of violence in Georgia, which began on August 7 in the area of South Ossetia (Georgia), and resulted in the loss of numerous lives, injuries, and severe damage to property and infrastructure;

Gravely concerned at the extension of violence throughout Georgian territory, including Abkhazia (Georgia);

Gravely concerned at the introduction of additional forces into Georgian territory;

Distressed by the increasing number of refugees and internally displaced persons, and their rapidly deteriorating situation;

Determined to achieve an immediate end to this outbreak of violence, and to facilitate a peaceful and durable settlement through negotiations;

Dismayed that hostilities are occurring during the Olympic Truce, which Member States were urged to observe during the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing;

Recalling the statements of the Secretary General on this issue, including that of 9 August 2008;

Reaffirming its support for the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) and its resolution 1808 (2008);

1. Reaffirms the commitment of all Member States to the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders;

2. Calls for the immediate and unconditional cessation of hostilities, and the complete withdrawal of Russian and Georgian forces to their positions prior to August 7, 2008;

3. Stresses the urgent need for all parties to refrain from further use of force;

4. Calls on all parties to the conflict to engage immediately in negotiations aimed at finding a peaceful and durable solution;

5. Expresses its strong support for mediation efforts undertaken by Member States and relevant organizations, including those of the European Union and the Organisation for Cooperation and Security in Europe;

6. Expresses its intention to take further action, as appropriate, to help bring about and implement a peaceful and durable solution to the crisis;

7. Urges all parties to the conflict in Abkhazia (Georgia) to implement fully the Moscow agreement on ceasefire and separation of forces of 14 May 1994 (S/1994/583) and to cooperate fully with the UNOMIG;

8. Calls on all parties to the conflict to allow full and unfettered access of humanitarian assistance to victims, including refugees and internally displaced persons;

9. Decides to remain actively seized of the matter.

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