EU monitors comment on Russian pullout from Perevi, Georgia

10:48, October 21, 2010      

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The Russian withdrawal of its troops from Perevi in Georgia was a step toward fulfilling its commitments to the August 2008 ceasefire agreement, the head of mission of the European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM) said Wednesday.

EUMM Ambassador Hansjorg Haber made the comment after EU monitors along with Georgian police officers checked the Perevi village after the Russian pullout.

The EU monitors were in the field observing the work of sappers at Perevi. It was their first on-the-spot monitoring since 2008 at Perevi, which is a village just outside South Ossetia, which had claimed independence after the August 2008 conflict between Georgia and Russia.

Some people who on Wednesday passed the local checkpoint said the Russian security forces had only checked against their ID documents before allowing them to pass.

Tbilisi-based ambassadors from Romania and the Czech Republic, both member states of the 27-nation European Union, on Wednesday also urged Russia to fulfill its obligations.

Romanian Ambassador Dan Mihai Barliba said the withdrawal of Russian troops from Perevi was the first step and complete fulfilment of Russia's obligations would be the best way out.

Czech Ambassador Ivan Jestrab said: "We hope the norms of international law will be observed and peace will be established in Georgia."



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