Ukraine calls for better peacekeeping

09:07, 06 August 2008
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In the South Ossetia region of Georgia

Ukraine`s Foreign Ministry says a lack of efficient peacekeeping operations is to blame for an escalation of hostilities in the South Ossetia region of Georgia, according to UPI.

Several people have been killed after a recent resurgence of violence in the breakaway region of South Ossetia. Tensions between Russia and Georgia also have escalated after a U.N. report faulted Russia for shooting down an unmanned Georgian reconnaissance aircraft.

Vasyl Kyrylych, head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Press Service, says the recent armed incidents in South Ossetia are a result of inefficient peacekeeping mechanisms in the region. Kyrylych called for all parties involved to come together and resolve the conflict through dialogue, the Ukrainian government reported.

"The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry urges the conflicting parties to restraint, realization of their responsibility for the future of the region and to renewal of direct negotiations without any preconditions as a necessary step to de-escalation of the situation," Petro Kyrylych said in a statement.

UPI

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