Georgian Parliament’s Speaker Urges to Disable Russia to Legitimate Abkhazia, South Ossetia

Georgia Materials 18 September 2008 18:24 (UTC +04:00)

Georgia, Tbilisi, 18 September / Trend corr. N.Kirtskhalia/ Russia must not get an opportunity to legitimize the occupied territory, Speaker of the Georgian Parliament David Bakradze said after his visit to Brussels.

During the visit, Bakradze coordinated with EU and European Parliament's high representatives the plan of dislocation of EU observers.

"Our task is to prevent Russia from legitimating the situation. It is necessary to make it clear in the mandate of observers that EU observers will operate all over Georgia, including Abkhazia and Tskhinvli region," said Bakradze.

Bakradze is accompanied by Vice-Speakers Mikheil Machavariani and Levan Vepkhvadze. They met in private with European Commissioner Javier Solana.

"We informed Javier Solana of the format of the anti-crisis council. He supported the fact that the council will monitor the incoming humanitarian aid and said that the crisis in the country must be overpassed through joint efforts of the opposition and governing party," Vepkhvadze said.

In the early morning of 8 August, large-scale military actions commenced in the unrecognized republic of South Ossetia. Georgian troops entered Tskhinvali. Later Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and forced back the Georgian servicemen.

On 12 August, Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev said he had decided to complete the operation on constraining Georgia to peace.

Russian peacekeeping troops and international observers remained in Georgia.

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