US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ended her tour of eastern Europe and the Caucasus region with a visit to Georgia on Monday.
On meeting with President Mikheil Saakashvili, Clinton reiterated America’s opposition to Russia’s military presence in two breakaway regions of Georgia.
She said: “We continue to call for Russia to abide by the August 2008 ceasefire commitment signed by President Saakashvili and President Medvedev, including ending the oocuption and withdrawing Russian troops from South Ossetia and Abkhazia to their pre-conflict positions.”
Clinton arrived in Georgia from Armenia, having also visited Poland, Azerbaijan and Ukraine on her five-day trip.
In Armenia, she urged the government to resolve its dispute with Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh territory.
Clinton also visited the memorial of those Armenians killed under Turkish Ottoman rule in 1915. Armenia wants Turkey to recognise their deaths as genocide but Ankara’s refusal has resulted in a strained diplomatic relationship between the two countries for decades.