The United States said it “deeply regrets” over a failure to reach a consensus on the Greek OSCE Chairmanship’s proposal for continued presence of the organization’s mission in Georgia.
“For several months, the Greek Chair tirelessly pursued a compromise proposal that would avoid any pronouncement on South Ossetia’s political or legal status,” the U.S. Department of State said in a statement on May 15.
“Unfortunately, Russia insisted on a monitoring operation structured to reflect Russia’s recognition of South Ossetia’s independence. We commend the Georgian delegation for its constructive approach, and are disappointed that Russia could not accept the Greek Chairmanship’s constructive, status-neutral solution,” it said.
It said that monitoring presence in Georgia was “essential” and expressed hope that Russia would “eventually accept Greece’s reasonable and balanced proposal.”
The statement reiterated the United States’ “unwavering support for the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders.”