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Sarkozy visits Georgia on last leg of Caucasus tour

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Latest update : 2011-10-07

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is in Georgia on Friday afternoon on the last leg of a tour of the Caucasus aimed at promoting peace in the region three years after he helped broker a ceasefire between Tbilisi and Moscow.

AFP - Visiting French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Friday reaffirmed his country's commitment to Georgia's territorial integrity after the Caucasus country's war with neighbour Russia in 2008.

Sarkozy -- who brokered the peace deal to end the five-day war -- said on his first return to Tbilisi in three years that he was committed to "the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity" of Georgia.

Addressing several thousand people at a rally in Tbilisi's Freedom Square, he also called on Russia to respect its commitments under the ceasefire agreement.

Georgia accuses Russia of violating the agreement by not pulling its troops back to pre-war positions and "occupying" the rebel provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which Moscow recognised as independent states after the 2008 conflict.
 

Date created : 2011-10-07

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