Date for next round of Geneva talks between Georgia, Russia set

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Tbilisi, Georgia, March 19

By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

The next round of Geneva talks between Georgia and Russia will be held on March 24-25, Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze said at a press conference on March 19.

The minister said this meeting will show once again the level of relations between Russia and Georgia.

"You know that Abashidze-Karasin meetings were postponed. And in this we see the caution. It is difficult to review the last period's topics in a constructive dialogue," Panjikidze said.

Geneva talks were convened after the armed conflict in Georgia in August 2008 in line with the ceasefire agreement dated August 12.

Large scale military action was launched in South Ossetia on August 8, 2008.

Later, Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and expelled the Georgian military. Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in late August.

In response, Tbilisi ended diplomatic relations with Moscow and has called the two unrecognized republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia occupied territories.

Translated by E.A.

Edited by C.N.

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