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Main points of Biden's speech in Georgia

TBILISI (Reuters) - The following are some key quotes from a speech by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in Georgia’s parliament on Thursday:

ON RELATIONS WITH GEORGIA

“I come here on behalf of the United States with a simple straightforward message: we, the United States stand by you on your journey to a secure free democratic and once again united Georgia.”

“Our partnership rests on a foundation of shared democratic ideals.”

“We will stand with you.”

“RESETTING” RELATIONS WITH RUSSIA

“I know there is some concern, and I understand it, that our efforts to reset relations with Russia will come at the expense of Georgia. Let me be clear: they have not, they will not and they cannot.”

ON SOUTH OSSETIA AND ABKHAZIA

“We will not recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states and we urge the world not to recognize them as independent states.”

“We call upon Russia to honor its international commitment, clearly specified in the April 12 ceasefire agreement, including withdrawal of all forces to their pre-conflict positions and ultimately out of your territorial area.”

“We support the expansion of international monitors throughout Georgia to promote peace and stability.”

“There is no military option to reintegration.”

ON NATO MEMBERSHIP FOR GEORGIA

“We understand that Georgia aspires to joint NATO. We fully support that aspiration.”

ON SPHERES OF INTERESTS

“We stand by the principle that sovereign democracies have the right to make their own decisions and choose their own partnerships and their own alliances. We stand against the 19th century notion of spheres of influence. It has no place in the 21st century.”

“The United States has no desire to create our own spheres of influence in this region or anywhere else in the world. Our goal is to create a multi-partner world where nations make common cause with common concerns. These partnerships are not being built against anyone.”

GEORGIA AND DEMOCRACY

“Our partnership rests on a foundation of shared democratic ideals. That’s what we are about. We will continue to support your work to fulfill the democratic promise of six years ago. President Saakashvili told parliament earlier this week -- and we expect that he will keep that commitment -- that there is much more to be done.”

Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Janet McBride

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