Ukraine, Poland call for EU peacekeepers in Georgia

August 11th, 2008 - 8:42 pm ICT by IANS  

Warsaw, Aug 11 (DPA) Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania are urging a European Union (EU) peacekeeping force for breakaway parts of Georgia after Russian troops clashed with Georgian forces, a Polish official said Monday. Polish President Lech Kaczynski presented the plan Sunday to his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy, whose country holds the EU’s six-month rotating presidency, Piotr Kownacki, a senior aide to Kaczynksi, told Polish Radio.

“The first point of the plan is a truce and ceasefire,” Kownacki said.

He said the plan was initiated by Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko and Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus, in cooperation Kaczynski.

Military conflict between Russia and Georgia was begun Friday following the military offensive by Georgia against its breakaway region South Ossetia.

Following three days of violent fighting, Russian troops Monday controlled the South Ossetia capital Tskhinvali. Russian army officials said they had “no intention” of moving Russian troops from South Ossetia.

Military action nonetheless continued at locations across Georgia throughout Monday, despite a “unilateral ceasefire” declared by Saakashvili shortly after Sunday midnight.

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