Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

May 12, 2008 16:45 ET

Minister Bernier Expresses Concern Over Recent Events in Georgia

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 12, 2008) - The Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement regarding the recent events in Georgia:

"Canada has been following the recent events in Georgia with great concern. In anticipation of the proposed talks between Georgia and Russia this week, as well as the visit to Georgia of a group of European foreign ministers, Canada calls on all parties involved to display renewed restraint.

"Recent events, such as the downing of a reconnaissance drone and the deployment of additional Russian forces in the Abkhazia region of Georgia, have raised tensions and made a difficult situation worse.

"Canada fully supports the United Nations' leading role in resolving the protracted conflict in Abkhazia, and stresses the importance of full cooperation and responsible actions from all involved in the peace process. We reiterate the necessity of peaceful and constructive negotiations leading to a resolution of this conflict in a manner that respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia."

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