18 October 2004
The European Parliament passed resolution on October 14 calling for EUs increased support for the efforts to help resolve the conflicts in Georgia and the South Caucasus region, in cooperation with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and other actors.
The European Parliament has also called on the EU Council and Commission to include the issue of Georgias territorial integrity in the agenda for the dialogue with Russia within the framework of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement.
The resolution condemned the recent statements of the Russian authorities about the use of pre-emptive strikes in the South Caucasus as part of Russias security doctrine and stressing the indispensable role Russia should play in the solution of the existing conflicts.
The European Parliament says that the lack of progress in conflict resolution is a setback for Georgias development. The resolution condemned October 3 presidential elections in breakaway Abkhazia as illegitimate and also deplored the recent outbreak of violence in another secessionist region of South Ossetia.
full demilitarisation, with the exception of the Joint Peace-Keeping Force, of the South Ossetian conflict zone is a precondition for a lasting peaceful solution of the conflict in this region, the resolution reads.