The EC is mainly interested in supporting current UN and OSCE negotiation efforts and formats and believes its main contribution to conflict resolution should be assisting Georgia create a state based on European values and standards, which ultimately could be more attractive to South Ossetia and Abkhazia than independence or closer integration with Russia.152
152 International Crisis Group – Conflict Resolution in the South Caucasus: The EU’s Role. Europe Report No.173, 20 March 2006. p.11
However, the EU is more interested in supporting current UN and OSCE negotiation efforts126 and considers the promotion of European values as an indirect means to contribute to conflict resolution by helping to create a Georgian state that could be more attractive to South Ossetia and Abkhazia than independence or closer integration with Russia.
126 This was expressed by members of the EC in interviews held in Brussels on 3 May 2006.