Germany to send military observers to Georgia

Tensions in the Caucasus have increased following Moscow's decision on Tuesday to recognise South Ossetia and Abkhazia, two breakaway Georgian regions, as independent states.

Germany to send military observers to Georgia

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet agreed on Wednesday to send up to 15 military observers to Georgia as part of an expanded OSCE mission aimed at enforcing a fragile ceasefire in the region.

The permanent council of the 56-nation Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe agreed last week to send up to 100 additional monitors to Georgia to observe the ceasefire and a withdrawal of Russian troops from Georgian territory.

Tensions in the Caucasus have increased following Moscow's decision on Tuesday to recognise South Ossetia and Abkhazia, two breakaway Georgian regions, as independent states.

The move, called an "annexation" of Georgian territory by Tbilisi, has been sharply condemned by the West.

Before the outbreak of hostilities between Russian and Georgian troops earlier this month, Europe's top rights and security body had a mission of around 200 people in Georgia.

But only eight of those were military monitoring officers looking at security, military and humanitarian issues in and around the conflict zone.

The German soldiers will wear uniforms but will not be armed, meaning their deployment does not require the approval of Germany's lower house of parliament, the Bundestag.

Reuters

Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Ağustos 2008, 16:16
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