Rice: Russian move 'dead-on-arrival' at UN

Russian President Medvedev said on Tuesday he had signed a decree recognising the Georgian rebel regions of S Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states.

Rice: Russian move 'dead-on-arrival' at UN

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Tuesday the United States regretted Russia's decision to recognise two rebel regions of Georgia as independent states and called it "dead-on-arrival" at the U.N.

"I think it is regrettable," Rice told a news conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah when asked about Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's signing of decrees recognising the independence of the two regions, South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Rice said the decision puts Russia "in opposition" to several U.N. Security Council resolutions to which it is a party as a member of the United Nations, and "most appallingly as a member of the P5," Rice said, referring to the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council.

She said it was "extremely unfortunate" that Moscow was pre-empting international discussions about the future of the regions, and said Medvedev "continues not to honour the commitments that the Russians have signed onto" to end the fighting in Georgia.

"I want to be very clear," Rice added. "Since the United States is a permanent member of the Security Council, this simply will be dead-on-arrival in the Security Council.

"And therefore, in accordance with other Security Council resolutions that are still in force, Abkhazia and South Ossetia are a part of the internationally-recognised borders of Georgia and it's going to remain so."

Reuters

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