Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Solution of problems of Abkhazia, S. Ossetia must be acceptable for both sides

MOSCOW. Feb 25 (Interfax) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has confirmed Russia's loyalty to the settlement of the problems of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and confirmed that it must be acceptable to both sides to the conflicts.

"Russia consistently and diligently stands by its obligations as a mediator doing its utmost to encourage the sides, including the Abkhaz and Ossetian with whom we have special relations, and the enormous number of our citizens living, there to continue the talks," he said in an interview aired on Vesti 24 channel on Monday.

Lavrov said that the leaders of Abkhazia and South Ossetia had proposed their conflict settlement plans. "I don't know what the outcome of the talks may be but I have no doubts that it can be only mutually acceptable. And we will be supporting this very thing," he said.

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