The United Nations, the OSCE and the United States welcome the Swiss-mediated meeting of September 26 between the Georgian and Russian Foreign Ministers, Davit Zalkaliani and Sergey Lavrov, respectively.
UN Secretary General’s Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric stated that António Guterres “appreciates Switzerland’s good offices role for this initiative,” and hopes that “it will contribute to overall peace and security in the region.”
OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Miroslav Lajčák wrote on his official Twitter page that the meeting between the Georgian and Russian Foreign Ministers “is important.” “It shows there is hope that constructive dialogue can decrease tensions and strengthen stability to the benefit of all people in the OSCE region,” he said.
Today’s meeting between the Foreign Ministers of #Georgia & #Russia, facilitated by Swiss mediators, is important: It shows there is hope that constructive #dialogue can decrease tensions and strengthen stability to the benefit of all people in the @OSCE region.— Miroslav Lajčák (@MiroslavLajcak) September 26, 2019
The United States Embassy to Georgia also wrote that they “support Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and urge Russia to end its illegal occupation and decrease tensions.”
U.S. Embassy Tbilisi welcomes the #Georgia and #Russia meeting facilitated by @SwissMFA. We support Georgia’s sovereignty & territorial integrity and urge #Russia to end its illegal occupation and decrease tensions.— U.S. Embassy Tbilisi (@usingeo) September 27, 2019
The European Union has also released a statement earlier on September 26, saying that “dialogue is key for peaceful dispute settlement, which the EU fully supports.”