BRUSSELS, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU)
is planning to deploy a civilian mission in Georgia to help monitor the
ceasefire, EU top diplomat Javier Solana said on Monday.
"I hope very much that by the next (summit) on the 15th of October, we will have all the decisions finalized" for the mission, he told reporters before a special EU summit on Georgia.
European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana holds a news conference after a meeting with Georgia's Prime Minister Lado Gurgenidze in Brussels September 1, 2008. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
A fact-finding mission of about 40 people are
currently on the ground, Solana said.
"We would like to have a new mission deployed soon"
across areas controlled by Georgian troops to see that a France-brokered
ceasefire agreement was properly implemented after the Georgia-Russia conflict
over South Ossetia, he added.
"It will be a mission in the hundreds, not a huge
one," Solana said, adding that the Monday summit and an informal meeting of
foreign ministers later this week will discuss the civilian mission and a plan
to send peacekeepers.
Georgia would expect the EU peacekeepers to replace
Russian troops in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, where Russian peacekeepers have
been present since an outbreak of violence in the early 1990s.
However, the EU can not deploy military peacekeepers
in the regions without a UN Security Council resolution. Russia, which has a
veto power in the Council, has rejected such a notion.
Last week, Moscow recognized the independence of the
two breakaway Georgian regions, a move that has drawn strong condemnation from
Solana said he would soon go to Moscow and Tbilisi,
capital of Georgia, to see how the EU could help settle the crisis.