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Federal Minister Steinmeier on the launch of the European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia

01.10.2008

The European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia commenced its work today. The EU had pledged on 8 September to deploy a mission of at least 200 monitors by 1 October. On 24 September, the German Cabinet agreed to participate in the Mission and to contribute up to 40 observers.

Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier issued the following statement in Berlin today (1 October):

 

"I welcome the fact that the European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia has officially commenced its work today. The European Union has thus lived up to the commitments made on 8 September. Indeed, the willingness of the Member States to participate in this Mission surpassed our expectations.

 

In just a few short weeks, the European Union has succeeded under difficult circumstances in putting together this far from simple mission. This is not just a considerable logistical achievement – it also proves that the EU is determined to shoulder responsibility in this conflict. With the Monitoring Mission, the EU is making a substantial contribution to stability and security in the Caucasus.

 

I am now counting on all parties to fulfil their obligations and to fully cooperate with the Mission."

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