Georgia peace plan must be fully implemented
France calls for determination to obtain full implementation of the Georgia peace plan as Russian troops retains controlling access to Poti.
25 August 2008
PARIS -- The French presidency of the European Union on has restated its determination to obtain full implementation of the Georgia peace plan, France's foreign ministry said Saturday.
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner spoke with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice by telephone, the ministry said as Russian troops on Saturday continued manning positions deep inside Georgia.
Kouchner also spoke to Finnish Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb, the current chairman of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
The two ministers, who travelled to Georgia in August to help broker the ceasefire, agreed that the EU and the OSCE had to continue to work closely together to resolve the conflict, said the statement.
Kouchner confirmed "the determination of the French presidency of the European Union to pursue its commitment for the full implementation of the ceasefire accord agreed following its mediation."
Kouchner had also raised the different ways the international community could support its efforts, notably through the United Nations, the statement added.
So far, the Security Council has been deadlocked on the issue, with members divided over two rival draft resolutions on the peace plan.
Earlier Saturday, French President Nicolas Sarkozy called on Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to withdraw his country's forces from the road linking the key Georgian cities of Senaki and the Black Sea port of Poti.
Russia withdrew tanks, artillery and hundreds of troops from the heart of Georgia on Friday, saying it had now fulfilled all obligations under a French-brokered agreement aimed at ending the two-week-old conflict.
But in the west of the country, Russian troops are still controlling access to Poti and have also established a checkpoint just 10 kilometres north of the key city of Gori, AFP correspondents said.
Moscow retains full control of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and says that under the terms of the ceasefire it has the right to establish an "area of responsibility" beyond those regions.
[AFP / Expatica]