Georgia MPs urge pressure on Russia to drop recognition of S.Ossetia

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Georgia's parliament adopted an appeal to friendly parliaments and international organizations to force Russia to withdraw its recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent republics.
TBILISI, October 23 (RIA Novosti) - Georgia's parliament adopted an appeal to friendly parliaments and international organizations to force Russia to withdraw its recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent republics.

Russia recognized the two breakaway republics as independent states on August 26, two weeks after a brief war with Georgia that began when Georgian forces attacked South Ossetia in a bid to bring it back under central control. So far, only Nicaragua has followed suit.

"The adopted document urges all friendly countries to attempt to make Russia fulfill all points of the Medvedev-Sarkozy agreement," lawmaker Giorgy Tortladze told the press.

Georgian legislators also called on friendly parliaments to denounce Russia's violations of Georgian air space and its deployment of military bases in Georgia. Russia has military bases in both the disputed republics.

Georgian MPs also urged their colleagues in other countries to push for an independent international investigation into the August 2008 events.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov dismissed claims by the Georgian Foreign Ministry earlier on Thursday that the number of Russian troops stationed in South Ossetia had increased from 2,000 to 7,000.

He also accused Georgia of failing to honor its commitment to return troops to their permanent bases.

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