Cabinet speaks out on Georgia conflict

Switzerland hopes to see a political solution found for South Ossetia and Abkhazia in accord with international principles.

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A government spokesman also said on Wednesday that the terms of the August 12 ceasefire between Russia and Georgia must be implemented in their entirety.

"Switzerland regrets that a solution has not yet been found that meets the United Nations Charter, the Helsinki Accords and the Charter of Paris," the spokesman said.

He added that both Georgia's right to sovereignty and the democratic will of the people in the affected region had to be respected.

Switzerland called for access to humanitarian support for the thousands who were forced to flee the fighting and said they should be allowed to return to their homes soon.

The spokesman said the cabinet had not discussed the issue of independence for either South Ossetia or Abkhazia. Russia recognised their independence last week.

Up to eight additional Swiss military observers will be sent to the region. The government has approved SFr2 million ($1.8 million) in aid for the Caucasus.

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