CIS Peacekeepers Mandate will not be Prolonged

(Tbilisi. December 17. Civil Georgia) – Georgia will not prolong the mandate for the Russian peacekeepers forces deployed to the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict zone under the auspices of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Georgian Foreign Affairs Ministry states.

CIS peacekeepers mandate expires on December 31 2001.

Georgian Parliament passed the resolution in October 2001 demanding Russian peacekeepers’ withdrawal from the conflict zone.

On November 30 at the CIS summit in Moscow President Shevardnadze stated that until it is not decided which country would replace the Russian peacekeepers, they will remain in Abkhazia.

Foreign Minister Irakli Menagarishvili states that Georgia holds consultations on the peacekeeping operations in Abkhazia with several countries, along with Russia.

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