Friday, August 15, 2008

Georgia signs cease fire

President Saakashvili says he has signed a ceasefire agreement with Russia - AP says that although there are some concessions to Moscow, the agreement "protects the former Soviet republic's interests". But the Georgian President does not see it as a final settlement  - "it is not a done deal," he is reported as saying.

Saakashvili has been assured that President Medvedev will soon sign an identical document.

Secretary Rice said that Russian troops must leave Georgian territory immediately. "With this signature by Georgia, this must take place and take place now."

Rice also said that the time has come "to begin a discussion of the consequences of what Russia has done. This calls into question what role Russia really plans to play in international politics."

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