September 16th, 2008

12oz

A liitle stale news, but still...

Russian peacekeepers on September 13 dismantled their posts on the Poti-Senaki line and left the territory of Georgia in accordance with the agreement reached by President Dmitry Medvedev of the Russian Federation and President Nicolas Sarkozy of the French Republic on September 8. This was done two days ahead of the schedule fixed under the Medvedev-Sarkozy agreement.

The Russian side expects the same clear-cut and conscientious attitude from all those whom it concerns, above all the Georgian leadership as well as the European Union, to the fulfillment of the said agreement. It is, first and foremost, about the guarantees given by the European Union regarding the nonuse of force by the Georgian side against Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the return of all Georgian forces by October 1 to their places of permanent deployment and the timely deployment of international observers in the areas of Georgia abutting Abkhazia and South Ossetia, including at least 200 EU observers, which will make it possible within ten days after this to withdraw Russian peacekeeping forces from these areas as well.

Cited from MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION INFORMATION AND PRESS DEPARTMENT