French plan calls for withdrawal of forces from Georgia

Kouchner, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, is in Tbilisi to propose a French plan to end the conflict between Georgia and Russia over the separatist Georgian region of South Ossetia.

French plan calls for withdrawal of forces from Georgia
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said on Monday he found Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili "determined to make peace" in a meeting with him in the Georgian capital Tbilisi.

"Peace has to return and civilian populations have to be protected, that's the only thing, and from that point of view President Saakashvili accepted pretty much all the proposals we made," Kouchner said, speaking from Tbilisi on French radio station RTL.

Kouchner, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, is in Tbilisi to propose a French plan to end the conflict between Georgia and Russia over the separatist Georgian region of South Ossetia.

The plan calls for an immediate ceasefire, the withdrawal of forces to positions held before Aug. 6 plus some form of international presence, and the respect of Georgian territorial integrity.

Kouchner said French President Nicolas Sarkozy would travel to Moscow on Tuesday and was expected to meet Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

Reuters
Last Mod: 11 Ağustos 2008, 12:57
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