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    Georgia will urge Russia to sign an agreement that it will not use force against it and ask the international community to place observers in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister David Dzhaglania said on Monday.

    Georgia will urge Russia to sign an agreement that it will not use force against it and ask the international community to place observers in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister David Dzhaglania said on Monday.

    These issues will be raised on Tuesday, during talks in Geneva by a Georgian delegation including Deputy Foreign Minister Sergi Kapanadze.

    "Georgia will discuss the necessity of international security mechanisms in the occupied territories [of Abkhazia and South Ossetia]. Unfortunately, there are no international organizations there because of the Russian stance," Dzhaglania said.

    "On November 23, 2010, Georgia signed a unilateral treaty of non-use of force against Russia. But there was no response reaction from Russia," he went on. "That's why the goal of our delegation is to urge Russia to take this step."

    Russia and Georgia fought a brief war in August 2008 when Georgia attacked its former republic of South Ossetia in an attempt to bring it back under central control. Russia subsequently recognized both South Ossetia and Abkhazia on August 26.

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