Statement on the Caucasus

GENEVA COUNCIL - Making global markets work for all, 23-24 November 1998

The Council of the Socialist International meeting in Geneva on 23-24 November 1998:

Recognising that the Caucasus is a region of constant attention,

noting that the successful implementation of local elections in Georgia gave a positive signal towards democratisation in the region,

welcomes the positive changes in the direction of a consolidation of democracy in the region and calls on the authorities of all countries of the region to fully implement the democratic rules and standards recognised by the international community and urges all concerned regional governments and communities to set aside the conflicts of recent years on the basis of negotiations and the principles set out by the OSCE.