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Georgia officially quits CIS on August 18th2009-08-17 10:48
On August 18th 2009 Georgia officially and finally quits CIS [Commonwealth of Independent States]. The process was started on August 12th 2008, when Mikheil Saakashvili, the President of Georgia, decided to quit CIS as a protest against the Russian "occupation" of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Regnum reports citing to the Vremya Novostei [Russian newspaper].gt-en-newsitem-inside
The paper quotes Zurab Khonelidze, the last permanent representative of Georgia to CIS. "Georgia's quitting the Commonwealth will only exempt Russia from many obligations, including from recognition of the territorial integrity of Georgia in the framework of the organisation. We could have used the CIS ground to do something good for our country".
Previously Georgia Times reported that Georgia will continue participation in 70 agreements of the Commonwealth. These are the ones in which not only CIS members can be the parties. In the course of its stay in the Commonwealth Georgia signed 113 many-sided accord of non-military character.