Archive: 8/17/2008
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  8/17/2008, Av 16, 5768

Sarkozy Calls on Russia to Quit Georgia


French President Nicolas Sarkozy called on Russia to keep its end of the ceasefire agreement and pull its troops out of Georgia. According to Sarkozy, the deal he brokered last week between the two nations allows for Russia to leave its soldiers only around the breakaway region of South Ossetia. 

In a letter sent to Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, Sarkozy said, "As I specified at our joint press conference in Tbilisi, these 'additional security measures' (insisted upon by the Russians that allow it to leave troops in the region -ed.) can only be implemented in the immediate proximity of South Ossetia to the exclusion of any other part of Georgia territory." Sarkozy's office made the letter public on Sunday, according to the Reuters news agency.  Russia thus far has refused to withdraw its troops from any part of Georgia, including positions approximately 50 kilometers from the capital, Tbilisi.