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Russia says Georgia still seeks to regain ex-republics by force

RIA Novosti

15:15 18/09/2009 MOSCOW, September 18 (RIA Novosti) - Tbilisi is still counting on using force to regain control over its former republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

The seventh round of talks between representatives of Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Georgia, Russia, the United States, the EU and OSCE on the situation in the South Caucasus was held in Geneva on Thursday.

"Tense discussions in two working groups on security and humanitarian issues showed that in the place of constructive work the Georgian side prefers a futile politicized stance, designed to restore by force the territorial integrity of Georgia lost as a result of its own aggression against South Ossetia," the statement reads.

The Russian Foreign Ministry also said that it had informed its partners about the efforts it has made to enhance stability in the region.

"It was stressed that the top security priority in the Caucasus was to sign bilateral agreements on the non-use of force between Georgia and Abkhazia, Georgia and South Ossetia," the Foreign Ministry said.

The Russian, Abkhazian and South Ossetian delegations also suggested to focus on aid to Georgian, Ossetian and Abkhazian refugees, who have fled their homes since the conflicts broke out in 1989.

The talks saw a frank exchange of views, the head of the Russian delegation, Grigory Karasin, said on Thursday. The next Geneva meeting is due to take place in November.

 



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