Georgia Announces Ceasefire

Georgia Announces Ceasefire, Pulls Out Troops
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi | 10.08.2008 @ 19:08
http://67.222.4.42/eng/article.php?id=19025

Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs handed to the Russian embassy in Tbilisi a note saying it was ceasing fire and withdrawing its troops from the South Ossetian conflict zone from August 10. Below is the statement released by the Georgian MFA:

“On 10 August 2008 Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Georgia A. Smaga was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.

The Georgian side passed to the Russian Envoy a Note of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.

The Note indicates that by Order of the President of Georgia issued on 10 August 2008, at 5:00 am, the Georgian armed forces ceased fire in the Tskhinvali region.

All Georgian troops have been withdrawn from the conflict zone. The Georgian side opened a humanitarian corridor to the south of Tskhinvali to allow peaceful population and wounded people to leave the conflict zone.

Georgia expresses its readiness to immediately start negotiations with the Russian Federation on cease-fire and termination of hostilities.”

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  1. Russian Aircraft Drops Bomb in Outskirts of Tbilisi
    Civil Georgia, Tbilisi | 10.08.2008 @ 19:13
    http://67.222.4.42/eng/article.php?id=19026

    A repeat air strike was carried out against the aircraft factory, TbilAviaMsheni (TAM), in the suburb of the capital Tbilisi at about 7pm local time, the Interior Ministry official said.

    Eyewitnesses said that the bomb was dropped in the vicinity of the factory on an unpopulated area. Russian aircraft dropped three bombs on the TAM’s runaway early this morning, at 5:40am local time.

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    http://lenta.ru/news/2008/08/10/direct/

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    Reuters, 10.08.2008
    http://www.reuters.com/

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Sunday that the president of Georgia “must go”, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations told the Security Council.

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    http://lenta.ru/news/2008/08/10/destroy1/

  5. Georgia Says Tbilisi Airport Bombed
    Civil Georgia, Tbilisi | 10.08.2008 @ 21:36
    http://67.222.4.42/eng/article.php?id=19028

    The Georgian government said Russian warplanes bombed Tbilisi’s civilian airport at 7pm local time on 10 August 2008.

    “The attack occurred several hours after Georgia offered a formal ceasefire and negotiations with the Russian Federation on the termination of hostilities,” the government said.

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