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South Ossetia: Politics and Government

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria the Government use in determining its policy on whether South Ossetia should be recognised as an independent country. (198888)

The Government do not recognise South Ossetia as an independent state, but consider it to be part of the territory of Georgia which the UK recognised in 1992.

The international community has consistently reaffirmed Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty including through successive UN Security Council resolutions on Georgia, most recently resolution 1781 (2007) of 15 October 2007, in which the Security Council

“reaffirms the commitment of all Member states to the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognised borders”.