U.S. warns of Russia's establishing permanent facilities in Georgia
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    WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- The United States warned on Saturday that Russia would violate the ceasefire agreement by setting up permanent facilities and checkpoints in and around Georgia.

    "Putting up permanent facilities and checkpoints are inconsistent with the agreement," U.S. National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe said in Crawford, Texas where President George W. Bush is spending two weeks at his ranch.

    "We are in contact with the various parties to obtain clarification," Johndroe said.

    Russia said on Friday that it has increased its peacekeeping forces and posts in Georgia's breakaway regions while pulling its troops out of the conflict zone in keeping with the deadline set in a France-brokered ceasefire deal.

    "Eighteen peacekeeping observer posts have been set up on the administrative border of Georgia and South Ossetia," said Anatoly Nogovitsyn, deputy chief of the Russian General Staff.

    These check points are designed to prevent the infiltration of looters and the transport of unaccounted arms and ammunition, Nogovitsyn said.

    Georgia launched attacks against South Ossetia on Aug. 7 in an attempt to regain control of the breakaway region bordering Russia. In retaliation, Moscow sent in troops that drove Georgian forces out of the region and took over parts of Georgian territory.

    South Ossetia, formerly an autonomous region within Georgia, declared independence from the former Soviet republic in the early1990s. However, its independence has not been internationally recognized.

Editor: Yan
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