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Summary: 8 August 2008, Brussels – The European Union expresses its grave concern over the violent fighting in South Ossetia (Georgia).
It calls for the immediate cessation of hostilities by all the parties and the swift resumption of negotiations in order to find a political solution to this crisis, respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia.
The European Union fully supports the efforts of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office as well as the OSCE mission in Georgia and calls for immediate cooperation with the mission by all parties.
The European Union, together with all the parties concerned, is working towards a ceasefire in order to prevent further escalation of this conflict.