Georgia quits Moscow 1994 ceasefire agreement

August 30th, 2008 - 7:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Tbilisi, Aug 30 (RIA Novosti) Following a bloody conflict with Russia, Georgia Saturday pulled out of a 1994 UN-approved agreement with Abkhazia signed in Moscow. “The Secretariat of Georgian Reintegration Minister Temur Yakobashvili has declared the Moscow agreement on a ceasefire and separation of forces of May 14, 1994 as void,” a statement said here Saturday.

Abkhazia, alongside South Ossetia, another Georgian breakaway republic, declared its independence from Georgia in the early 1990s following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Between 10,000 and 30,000 people were killed in the ensuing Georgian-Abkhazian conflict. A ceasefire was signed in Moscow in 1994.

Georgia’s withdrawal from the agreement will also affect the UN observer mission in Georgia (UNOMIG), which monitors the ceasefire together with Russian peacekeeping troops.

Georgian Prime Minister Vladimir Gurgenidze signed a decree Friday to withdraw from all peacekeeping agreements within the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and with Russia.

The withdrawal came after Russia’s decisions to officially recognise South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states Tuesday following Georgia’s military offensive on South Ossetia Aug 8.

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili announced Aug 12 that the country was pulling out of the Russian-dominated CIS, a loose alliance of former Soviet republics. The Georgian parliament approved the decision two days later.

The CIS comprises Russia, Georgia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

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