Russians, Georgians resume security talks

7th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

Russians and Georgians met in a fresh round of talks Tuesday, a day after Tbilisi claimed to have foiled an attempt by Moscow to bomb a NATO office.

"The meeting started at 9 am (0700 GMT)," a UN spokeswoman said.

"All the representatives are here," she added.

The 16th round of talks since 2008 are mediated by the European Union, the United Nations and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and are meant to prevent another flare-up in violence over the Georgian rebel regions South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Russia recognised the two breakaway regions as independent after the brief 2008 war between Moscow and Tbilisi, a move condemned by Georgia's Western allies and only followed by a handful of other states.

During the previous round of talks in Geneva, the Georgian delegation criticised Moscow for failing to match its pledge to not resort to the use of force in their dispute over the breakaway regions.

Tuesday's talks came just a day after Georgia said it had foiled an attempt to bomb a NATO office in the capital Tbilisi ordered by Russia in what it said was the second thwarted attack in the past week.

Police said they had arrested a man carrying explosives who was ordered by a Russian security official and police in South Ossetia to target the NATO liaison office.

The fresh claims against Moscow came swiftly after Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin made an unannounced visit Thursday to the rebel Georgian region of Abkhazia for the funeral of its leader Sergei Bagapsh, causing anger in Tbilisi.

© 2011 AFP

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