Georgian foreign ministry: Format of Geneva Discussions not changed
Georgia, Tbilisi, March 12 / Trend, N. Kirtzkhalia /
The format of the Geneva Discussions has not been changed, Georgian First Deputy Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani said after a meeting with co-chairmen of the Geneva talks, held at the Foreign Ministry today.
He added that the next round of talks will be held on March 26 and 27.
"We have discussed the issues included in the agenda today," he said. "It is very important that the format is not changed, as well as the issues that are being discussed during the negotiations, in particular, the non-use of force and the return of internally displaced persons. These issues remain on the agenda. We are ready for the constructive continuation of negotiations."
The Geneva talks were convened after the armed conflict in Georgia in August, 2008 in accordance with the ceasefire agreement of August, 12.
Large scale military actions were launched in South Ossetia in Georgia on August 8, 2008. Later, Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and expelled the Georgian military. Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia late in August. Tbilisi ended diplomatic relations with Moscow in response and has announced the two unrecognized republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia to be occupied territories.