Philippe Leforte makes definitions
EU co-chairman of the Geneva discussions Philippe Lefort has denied the report by Russian online news agency Regnum. According to the agency, Lefort said during his visit to Georgia`s occupied region of Tskhinvali that the status of South Ossetia as a virtually independent state was determined by its people a long time ago.
`It is almost impossible to change this stance and this is the reality, with which it is necessary to learn to live and work,` Regnum quoted Leforte.
Later today, in the telephone interview with Georgian online newspaper civil.ge, Philippe Lefort said the EU was supporting Georgia`s territorial integrity within the internationally recognized borders and nobody should try to `misinterpret` it.
`The EU position is based upon the support for the territorial integrity of Georgia within internationally recognized borders, and nobody should be in any doubt of that or attempt to misinterpret it,` Lefort told Civil.ge by phone from Yerevan on January 21.