Medvedev, Sarkozy talk before summit on Georgian crisis

September 1st, 2008 - 11:10 am ICT by IANS  

Moscow, Sep 1 (DPA) Just hours before a European Union (EU) emergency summit on the crisis in Georgia, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and French President Nicolas Sarkozy discussed the situation on the telephone, the agency Interfax has reported.The two leaders focussed on the disputed buffer zones held by the Russian Army on Georgian territory along the two breakaway republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, according to the late Sunday report from Interfax, which cited presidium officials in Moscow.

Medvedev and Sarkozy were also reported to have discussed the possible deployment of international observers in the crisis region. The Kremlin did not release details about the discussion.

Sarkozy, whose country currently holds the rotating presidency of the EU, has proposed a six-point agreement which he brokered with Moscow.

The agreement would include the immediate removal of Russian checkpoints on Georgian territory, pullback of Russian forces to pre-conflict positions and international discussions on the modalities of security and stability of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

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