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Ossetia-Georgia: the six principles of the ceasefire

After a round trip Tbilisi – Moscow – Tbilisi, by the French (and European) mediation mission, here are the six principles agreed by the two parties (Russian and Georgian) for a ceasefire in Georgia – Ossetia – Abkhazia.

(1) Do not use force;
(2) Cease hostilities permanently;
(3) Provide free access to humanitarian aid;
(4) The Georgian military forces shall withdraw to their usual place of cantonment;
(5) Russian military forces must withdraw to the lines prior to the outbreak of hostilities. Pending an international mechanism, the Russian peace forces will implement additional security measures ;
(6) Opening of international discussions on security and stability arrangements in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Comment: make no mistake, point 5 allows the Russians (the peacekeeping forces) to remain in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, or even to strengthen themselves there.


Photo credit: Pfue, Nicolas Sarkozy and Medvedev in Moscow

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).