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EU wants peacekeepers 'on the ground' in Georgia - EUobserver

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - EU foreign ministers on Wednesday (13 August) agreed to send peacekeepers to help supervise the fragile Russia-Georgia ceasefire, putting off discussions on potential diplomatic sanctions against Russia until next month.

"The European Union must be prepared to commit itself, including on the ground," the EU joint statement said, asking EU top diplomat Javier Solana to draft more detailed proposals for the ministers' next meeting on 5 September.

EU police in Bosnia - it is unclear what the EU peacekeeping mission in Georgia would consist of

"Many countries have said that they are ready to join in," French foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, said, adding that any EU move would require a UN mandate. "We are encouraged by what we saw this morning, but we have to go through the United Nations."

Ministers did not specify if the EU mission will compose EU-badge wearing soldiers, policemen or civilian monitors. It also remains unclear if it would be part of a wider force involving the UN and the OSCE, or when deployment might start.

by Fran on Thu Aug 14th, 2008 at 03:12:14 PM EST
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