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HISTORIC PRESS RELEASE : Prime Minister Gordon Brown issues Statement to Parliament on Georgia [September 2008]

The press release issued by 10 Downing Street on 10 September 2008.

The Prime Minister has issued a written ministerial statement to Parliament updating MPs on the latest developments in the Georgia/Russia conflict.

The PM gave details of the discussions the UK and international partners have been involved in and explained the six point agreement that was brokered by the EU and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe on 12 August.

He stressed the EU’s unanimous condemnation of Russia’s decision to recognise the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and gave details of the humanitarian support the UK will be giving to Georgia.

He said:

“Russia’s actions were in clear breach of international law and of successive UN Security Council Resolutions…

“The Council and the Commission have been tasked to start preparations for an international conference to bring focus to reconstruction efforts. The UK will play its part. We have already committed £2million to Georgia in humanitarian aid.”