Friday, April 17, 2009

Int'l talks on Russia-Georgia conflict to resume in May

The fifth round of international talks aimed to solve outstanding issues left over by the Russia-Georgia war last August will be held here on May 18-19, mediators of the talks said in a statement on Thursday.

The series of talks, initiated last October, are co-chaired by the European Union, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the United Nations.
Other parties to the talks include Russia, Georgia, the United States as well as Georgia's two breakaway regions, South Ossetia and Abkhazia, which were recognized as independent states by Russia shortly after the five-day war in August.

The last round of talks were held in February, during which participants agreed on a mechanism to prevent and solve security incidents in and around the sensitive South Ossetia and Abkhazia regions. But the parties failed to resolve long-term security and humanitarian issues.

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