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Georgian Parliament Calls For Withdrawal Of Russian Peacekeepers

15 February 2006 -- Georgia's parliament has unanimously called for the withdrawal of Russian peacekeepers from the breakaway republic of South Ossetia and for replacing them with international forces.

All 180 lawmakers voted for the resolution, which also called on the government to review a 1992 agreement that set up the peacekeeping arrangement.

The resolution set no deadline for the withdrawal.

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has vowed to bring South Ossetia and another breakaway republic, Abkhazia, peacefully under central government control. Both broke away from Georgia following wars in the early 1990s.

(AP, AFP, ITAR-TASS)

Copyright (c) 2006. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036. www.rferl.org



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