EUMM chief comments on Russian pullout from Perevi

10:50, October 21, 2010      

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The head of the European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM) on Wednesday said that the Russian withdrawal of troops from Perevi marks a step toward fulfillment of its commitments within the framework of the August 2008 ceasefire agreement.

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, a village just outside South Ossetia, which had pronounced independence after the August 2008 conflict between Georgia and Russia.

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

Tbilisi-based ambassadors from Romania and the Czech Republic, both member states of the 27-nation European Union, also commented on Wednesday on the Russian pullout.

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

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



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