Polish Foreign Minister for EU peace troops in Georgia

Georgia Materials 10 August 2008 18:58 (UTC +04:00)

Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski on Sunday came out in favour of a European Union peace mission to the conflict between Georgia and Russia in the breakaway republic of South Ossetia.

The EU could be a good partner, because of its credibility in the eyes of both conflict parties, Sikorski told Warsaw's TVN24 news broadcaster, the dpa reported.

The foreign minister saw the EU as a "less controversial" peacekeeper than the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and more effective than the United Nations.

In talks with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Sikorski took it that the EU would be prepared to undertake such peacekeeping duties.

Up till now, Russia troops have been taking the duties of maintaining order in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.