Saturday, August 16, 2008

Russian MFA: Georgia signed a different document for resolving the Georgian-Ossetian conflict

МИД России: Грузия подписала другой документ по урегулированию грузино-осетинского конфликта

The contents of the document for resolving the conflict in South Ossetia, which was signed by Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, differs from the one which was signed by the presidents of Russia and France, reports head of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov. "We're a bit puzzled by the fact that the document which was signed by Saakashvili appears to differ from the document which was agreed upon by the presidents of Russia and France," stated the minister, emphasizing that the difference in question is in need of further clarification.

According to Lavrov, in the document signed by Saakashvili, the clause which states "these below-mentioned points are supported by the presidents of Russia and France, and the presidents of Russia and France call on all parties to sign this document" is completely absent. He also noted that the document--the one which contains the aforementioned clause--was signed by the presidents of Russia, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia.

Earlier, Temur Iakobashvili, the Georgian State Minister for Reintegration, stated at an August 16th press conference that the 6-point plan for the resolution of the conflicts in Georgia, on which Russian President Dmitry Medvedev put his own signature on August 16th, was signed by the presidents of the three countries--Georgia, Russia, and France. He noted that reports saying that the presidents of Abkhazia and Ossetia had also signed the agreement were incorrect, and emphasized that if such an agreement does exist, then Georgia does not regard it as an official document.

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