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EU mission in Georgia to be extended for one year2009-07-27 10:55
At today's meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the 27 EU countries the European Union intends to prolong its mission in Georgia and give it the mandate for monitoring the situation in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, ITAR TASS informs alluding to a source in European institutions.gt-en-newsitem-inside
On Friday the agreement in principle to extend the EUMM in Georgia was reached at the meeting of the permanent representatives of the 27 members of the Union. The EU countries also agreed to strive for the access to the territory of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, though the practical ways to achieve it are still not clear. The EU is not ready to agree upon that issue with the republics' authorities at the state level, whereas the authorities agree to grant access under no other terms.
The present-day mandate expires in September. According to that document, 225 unarmed European monitors monitor the situation and control the observation of the reached agreement s in the Georgian regions adjacent to South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
Last week Carl Bildt, the Foreign Minister of Sweden (the EU president country) stated that extension of that mandate will be the signal of the EU's interest to implement the agreement signed in August 2008 and play its role in stabilizing the situation in the region.
At the same time, he didn't comment upon the suggestions of the possible joining of the U.S. monitors to the EUMM.