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Georgia Seeks To Modify South Ossetian Peace Negotiation Format

Georgia is seeking the support of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to alter the format for the South Ossetian peace process. Georgia’s State Minister for Reintegration Temur Iakobashvili outlined Tbilisi’s proposed changes during talks on March 11 with OSCE Secretary-General Marc Perrin de Brichambaut and other organization officials. Since the conclusion of the 1992 Dagomys ceasefire agreement, the focal point of the peace process has been the Joint Control Commission (JCC), a quadripartite body comprising representatives of Georgia, Russia, South Ossetia, and the Russian republic of North Ossetia. Each side has the rank of a co-chair in the commission and maintains an equal number of peacekeepers in the conflict zone. The OSCE participates in the JCC as an observer. Full Story

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