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Asked if there were any words from the Prime Minister on the situation in Georgia, the PMS said that there might be words later in the day. The Prime Minister had held discussions over the weekend with President Sarkozy and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The Foreign Secretary had held discussions with Condoleezza Rice, Bernard Kouchner and other European Foreign Ministers.

There would be an emergency meeting of European Foreign Ministers on Wednesday. Our position as set out by Jim Murphy this morning on the Today Programme remained that the immediate priority for the international community was to stop the violence and to go back to the position before the conflict and get peace talks underway.

Asked what we would be looking to achieve at the emergency Foreign Ministers meeting, the PMS said that people would have to wait for the meeting to see the range of the discussion and he would not set the bar for expectations beforehand. Asked if David Miliband would be attending the meeting, the PMS advised people to check with the Foreign Office.

Asked if the Prime Minister agreed with the comments of Jim Murphy that Russia’s actions had been deplorable, the PMS said that Jim Murphy was the Foreign Office Minister speaking on the subject this morning, so people could take that as the Government’s position. Asked if the Government still supported Georgia’s membership of NATO, the PMS said yes. Asked what the position was before the conflict, the PMS said we had supported Georgia’s membership.

Asked where the emergency Foreign Minister’s meeting would be held, the PMS said that over the weekend Paris had been proposed but people should check with the Foreign Office.

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