EU mission studying Russian-Georgian war delays final report as new materials are found
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EU mission studying Russian-Georgian war delays final report as new materials are found

30 Jul, 01:46 PM

A European Union fact-finding mission investigating Georgia’s war with Russia has postponed publishing its final report after new material became available, Bloomberg writes.

The group delayed releasing its results on July 31 to the end of September, mission head Heidi Tagliavini told reporters in Moscow Wednesday. “Extremely relevant” new material became available recently, she said, adding that the group is now working on a first draft. She didn’t give further details.

The commission is looking into the causes, course and legal implications of the five-day conflict that erupted last August. While the EU negotiated an end to hostilities, Russia later recognized the independence of the Georgian separatist regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

“We will strive for a report that’s fair, balanced, even-handed and as objective as possible,” said Tagliavini, a Swiss diplomat. She was picked to head the group because of her experience in the Caucasus region and Switzerland’s neutrality.

Russia maintains it had to send troops into Georgia after President Mikheil Saakashvili staged a surprise attack to retake South Ossetia. The Georgian president claims to be the victim of a Russian attempt to dismember his country, depose its leadership and undermine its independence.

The EU mission, which started its work in December, has requested information from both sides involved as well as international organizations such as the United Nations, the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe and NATO.

Tags: Georgia, War in South Ossetia, South Ossetia