Latvian president urges NATO to make “a strong stance” on Georgia

Azerbaijani News Agency
August 18, 2008

Latvian President Valdis Zatlers called on NATO Monday to make “a strong stance” on the Georgian-Russian military conflict at the emergency meeting of NATO foreign ministers, dpa reported.

In a phone conversation with the US President George W Bush, Zatlers also urged the review of cooperation with Russia in international organizations, the press service of the president’s office said in its release.

“Zatlers noted the most pressing need at the moment is the deployment of international monitors and peacekeepers in Georgia to oversee the observance of the ceasefire. To achieve this, Latvia and its allies will work actively in the framework of the EU, the OSCE, the UN and NATO,” it said.

Since the conflict erupted between Georgia and Russia on August 6, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Ukraine, and Poland rallied behind Georgia, offering humanitarian and logistical support.