The EU has agreed to send a 200-strong observer mission to Georgia by Oct. 1 to deploy around the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia while the European Commission says it will provide Georgia up to 500 million euros in aid.
European External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said the funds would go to assisting internally displaced people, post-conflict rehabilitation and economic recovery and towards new infrastructure.
"It will be 500 million of community money and we do hope by the way, this is normally the case, it will be matched by member states," she told a news briefing as European Union foreign ministers met in
She said funding for this year alone would be 100 million euros and that the EU executive wanted to see an international donors' conference for
Russian bombing raids and ground offensives targeted mainly military infrastructure across the country. However, a bridge on the main east-west rail link was also blown up, several apartment buildings in the town of
Date created : 2008-09-15