COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION

Brussels, 1 September 2008 (01.09)

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COUNCIL 3

COVER NOTE

from : Presidency to Delegations

Subject : EXTRAORDINARY EUROPEAN COUNCIL, BRUSSELS

1 SEPTEMBER 2008

PRESIDENCY CONCLUSIONS

Delegations will find attached the Presidency conclusions of the Extraordinary European Council held in Brussels (1 September 2008). 12594/08 2

The meeting of the European Council was preceded by an exposé by the President of the European Parliament, Mr Hans-Gert Pöttering, followed by an exchange of views.

1. The European Council is gravely concerned by the open conflict which has broken out in Georgia, by the resulting violence and by the disproportionate reaction of Russia. This conflict has led to great suffering on both sides. Military action of this kind is not a solution and is not acceptable. The European Council deplores the loss of human life, the suffering inflicted on the population, the number of displaced persons and refugees, and the considerable material damage.

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