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    REPEAT: Georgian parliament to discuss Russian peacekeepers in conflict zones

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    TBLISI, October 11 (RIA Novosti, Marina Kvaratskheliya) - The Georgian parliament will hold a plenary session Tuesday to discuss a draft resolution on the function of Russian peacekeepers in Georgian conflict zones.

    The draft resolution, drawn up by the external relations committee of the Georgian legislature, requires Russian peacekeepers in Ossetia and Abkhazia to enforce agreements made between conflicting parties and to keep to their peacekeeping mandate.

    "If the Russian side does not take specific measures to achieve real progress in fulfilling its peacekeeping mandate, we will ask the Georgian government to conduct a report to analyze the situation before February 10, 2006. If the findings are negative, the Georgian parliament will take appropriate measures and demand that Russian peacekeepers leave the Tskhinvali region," Georgian Parliamentary Speaker Nino Burjanadze said.

    The Georgian government expects a report on the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict zone and the work of Russian peacekeepers based there by June 1, 2006, as provided for in the resolution. The Georgian parliament may demand that, as of June 15, 2006, the government end all peacekeeping operations in Abkhazia, revoke the 1994 Sochi agreement and discontinue all related structures.

    Burjanadze said Georgia considers this resolution to be a reasonable demand, not an ultimatum.

    The Georgian-South Ossetian conflict started in early 1990s, when Georgia removed South Ossetia's autonomous status. Abkhazia declared its independence and adopted a constitution in 1994, holding elections in 1996 that were not recognized internationally, including by Georgia.

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