Georgian FM, EU Envoy mull situation in region
Georgia, Tbilisi, Sept. 7 / Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /
Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze and European Union Special Representative (EUSR) for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia Philippe Lefort discussed the situation in South Caucasus, the foreign ministry reported.
Lefort arrived in Tbilisi from Baku and will today leave for Yerevan.
Vashadze congratulated Lefort, who served as the French Ambassador to Georgia in 2004-2007, with a new appointment and wished him success.
The sides also discussed issues of the Geneva talks on the prevention of tension in the Caucasus, Georgian-Russian relations, situation in Georgia's occupied territories and further deepening of the EU-Georgia relations.
The Geneva talks were convened following an armed conflict in Georgia in August 2008 based on the ceasefire agreement dated Aug.12.
Military actions were launched in the unrecognized republic of South Ossetia in August 2008. Georgian troops entered Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia and later Russian troops occupied the city and drove the Georgian military back to Georgia. Russia recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia on Aug. 26 and established diplomatic relations with them on Sept. 9, 2008.