Tbilisi, Georgia, Sept. 17
By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:
The Georgian foreign ministry hosted a working meeting of the country's representatives at the Geneva international negotiations with the co-chairmen of the negotiations. The Georgian side was led by the First Deputy Foreign Minister, the head of the Georgian delegation at the Geneva talks, David Zalkaliani.
The agenda issues of the 29th round of talks scheduled for October 7-8 were discussed, the Georgian foreign ministry said on Sept. 17.
The Georgian side stressed the need for the smooth functioning of the working groups and the consideration of such main issues as the non-use of force, the introduction of international security mechanisms and the return of internally displaced persons and refugees.
Geneva talks were convened after the armed conflict in Georgia in August 2008 in line with the ceasefire agreement dated Aug. 12.
On the night of August 8, 2008, military actions were launched on the territory of South Ossetia, Georgia. Later the Russian troops occupied the city and drove back the Georgian military. In late August, Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. In response, Tbilisi broke off diplomatic relations with Moscow and announced two unrecognized republics as occupied territories.