Russia dismantles last outpost beyond Georgia rebel regions
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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 12:18
Tbilisi: Russian forces Monday withdrew from the last outpost they had occupied outside Georgia's rebel regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia since the two countries' 2008 war.

Following an announcement hailed by international mediators, Russian border guards dismantled a checkpoint, withdrew from the town of Perevi and moved inside the de facto borders of South Ossetia, Georgian and European Union officials said.

Georgia welcomed the move but said it was a "miniscule step" and called on Russia to fully comply with the EU-brokered ceasefire that ended the 2008 conflict.

The European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM) in Georgia said the withdrawal took place without incident.

"Our patrols have been monitoring and we can confirm the withdrawal of the Russian border guard checkpoint in Perevi," EUMM spokeswoman Virginia Antonini said.

"Everything went smoothly, there were absolutely no incidents," she added.

Georgian Interior Ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili said Georgian police had moved into Perevi following the withdrawal and would be setting up a checkpoint in the next few days.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 12:18

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