In close coordination with its European Union and Atlantic partners, the Italian Government is following the crisis situation that has developed in South Ossetia with grave concern.
Italy calls on all parties to bring an immediate end to the violence and reach a lasting cessation of hostilities. It strongly encourages a resumption of negotiations for a political solution to the problem with due respect for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Foreign Minister Franco Frattini, currently on a mission to Beijing to represent Italy at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, is following the crisis with concern. He is in constant contact with the ministry for up-dates on developments in the situation, and is keeping in touch with the Crisis Unit in particular for news on the conditions of the Italians present in the area.