Russia confirms obligations to dismantle its peace-keeping posts near Senaki and Poti

Russia confirms obligations to dismantle its peace-keeping posts near the Georgian cities of Senaki and Poti before next Tuesday.

Its military presence in the security zones outside Abkhazia and South Ossetia will continue as long as it takes the European Union to deploy monitors to these zones. Inside South Ossetia and Abkhazia, only watchers from the United Nations and Europe’s OSCE security organization will continue to assist Russian troops, Moreover, these watchers have to renew their mandates, now that both territories are independent states.

Speaking in Moscow Wednesday, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also regretted the fact that Georgia has so far refused to commit itself to non-violence in the conflict area. Only the European Union has pledged effort to avert a new war.

[Source: The Voice of Russia, Moscow, 10Sep08]

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