Lithuania FM to inform EU about situation in Georgia

The decision to send Lithuanian Foreign Minister to Georgia came after President Adamkus spoke with European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana and Saakashvili.

Lithuania FM to inform EU about situation in Georgia

Lithuania, a staunch ally of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, will send its foreign minister on a fact-finding mission to Georgia on Friday amid the growing conflict in South Ossetia, the president's office said.

The decision to send Foreign Minister Petras Vaitekunas to Georgia came after President Valdas Adamkus spoke with European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana and Saakashvili.

The president's office said Vaitekunas would then be able to inform Lithuania's EU partners about the situation in Georgia.

OSCE calls special meeting on Georgia on Friday

The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) called a special meeting of its permanent council on Friday afternoon to discuss the fighting in Georgia's breakaway South Ossetian region.

The meeting of the OSCE's main regular decision-making body will be held in Vienna at 4 p.m. local (1400 GMT).

Fighting between Georgian forces and Russian-backed separatists raged in and around the capital of South Ossetia on Friday after Tbilisi sent in troops to take back the territory which broke away in the 1990s.

The OSCE said it has a mandate to promote talks between the parties to the conflict with the aim of reaching a peaceful political settlement, and it monitors security on the ground using unarmed military officers.

Reuters

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