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OSCE Chair for ‘Thorough Investigation’ into Missile Incident

The OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos, said “a thorough investigation” should be conducted into the August 6 rocket incident.

“Such an investigation should include the participation of all implicated parties,” he said on August 8. “The OSCE stands ready to co-operate with the investigation within the framework of its mandate.”

The OSCE Chairman-in-Office also called on those involved “to continue to show restraint” and stressed that a co-operative approach would facilitate an investigation.

“We welcome decisions by the parties to avoid taking measures which would increase tensions,” he added.

Minister Moratinos discussed the incident over the phone with his Georgian counterpart, Gela Bezhuashvili, and Russia’s first deputy foreign minister, Andrei Denisov.

Georgia signalled its intention on August 8 to set up “an international group of experts” which would carry out a probe into the incident.

“We invite all our partner countries to send their experts – military, aviation or experts in other fields – to this group in order to properly study all the evidence gathered by the Georgian side,” Foreign Minister Bezhuashvili said. “The establishment of this group means that we are open for a dialogue with everyone who wants to find out the truth.”

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