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Russia: Georgia

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment the Government has made of Russia’s fulfilment of its obligations under the Medvedev-Sarkozy ceasefire plan of 12 August 2008; and if he will make a statement. (233101)

Under the terms of the EU and Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) ceasefire, brokered between President Sarkozy and President Medvedev on 12 August, and a further agreement on 8 September, Russia agreed to a six point plan, which included a commitment to Russian forces withdrawing to their positions prior to the outbreak of hostilities. Russian troops have withdrawn from some areas, but are still present in the Akhalgori region of South Ossetia and the Kodori Gorge area of Abkhazia. Both of these areas had been under Georgian control before the war.

Therefore, although there has been substantial compliance with the agreements, it is still far from complete and we have called upon Russia to observe the agreements in full.

The ceasefire plan also included agreement talks on security and stability in South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The first round of these talks took place in Geneva on 15 October under EU chairmanship, with UN and OSCE participation. The next meeting is scheduled for 18 November.