The White House
President Bush Condemns Actions Taken by
President in Regards to Georgia
August 26, 2008
States condemns the decision by the Russian President to
recognize as independent states the Georgian regions of
South Ossetia and Abkhazia. This decision is inconsistent
with numerous United Nations Security Council Resolutions
that Russia has voted for in the past, and is also inconsistent
with the French-brokered six-point ceasefire agreement which
President Medvedev signed on August 12, 2008.* The six-point
agreement offered a peaceful way forward to resolve the conflict.
We expect Russia to live up to its international commitments,
reconsider this irresponsible decision, and follow the approach
set out in the six-point agreement.
The territorial integrity and borders of Georgia must be respected,
just as those of Russia or any other country. Russia’s action
only exacerbates tensions and complicates diplomatic negotiations.
In accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolutions
that remain in force, Abkhazia and South Ossetia are within
the internationally recognized borders of Georgia, and they
must remain so.