Georgia: Russia does not allow EU monitors to enter
Under the agreement EU-Russia over Georgia, EU monitors and Georgian police were to be deployed throughout all invaded Georgian territories for Oct 10th, and EU monitors’ work was beginning today. Looks like Russia is not letting EU personnel enter, claiming “technical unfulfilled agreements” as a cause not to let them enter.
Under a French-brokered pullback deal, the troops should withdraw from the zones by October 10, simultaneously with the deployment of EU monitors and .
The EU mission of over 200 monitors begins on Wednesday. But the Russian military said a technical agreement on access to the zone adjacent to South Ossetia had not yet been finalized.
“From tomorrow, representatives of the European Union will begin conducting monitoring up to the southern borders of the security zone,” Vitaly Manushko, spokesman for Russian peacekeepers around South Ossetia, told reporters in the Georgian village of Karaleti.
He said “work will continue” on the question of EU access.
Saakashvili has spoken about the agreement:
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said he “won’t be happy until the last Russian soldier gets out of my country.” The EU monitors’ mandate covers all of Georgia, including areas “that aren’t under Georgian control,” he said, referring to Abkhazia and South Ossetia. “We expect by Oct. 10 to restore the status quo ante,” he said.
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