Russia, Georgia agree on conflict prevention

Russia and Georgia have agreed on proposals aimed at preventing conflicts, a European Union envoy said Wednesday following two days of security talks here.

"During the talks of 17 and 18 February in Geneva, the participants have discussed and agreed on consensus proposals for mechanisms of joint prevention and resolution of incidents," said Pierre Morel, the EU's envoy on the crisis in Georgia.

He added that these proposals are "important for their contribution to security and stability."

The agreement was reached in the fourth session of peace talks held in Geneva following the August conflict between Georgia and Russia over the Moscow-backed breakaway Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Russia sent its army deep into Georgia to push back a Georgian offensive to regain control of South Ossetia.

Russia later withdrew its forces from Abkhazia and South Ossetia under an EU-brokered ceasefire, but Tbilisi remains furious at the continued presence of Russian troops in the two regions.

Source: AFP

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