Saakashvili signed 'different' ceasefire agrmnt on S Oss

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Moscow, Aug 17 (UNI) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said the ceasefire agreement signed by Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili differs from the original six-point peace plan brokered by French President Nikolas Sarkozy on August 12 in Moscow.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev yesterday signed the peace plan to end hostilities in Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia and ordered the government to implement the deal with immediate effect.

Mr Saakashvili signed the agreement on Friday, during the visit of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.

The original ageement already had the signatures of the leaders of the Georgian breakaway republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Mr Lavrov said the truce signed by the Georgian leader on Friday lacks an introduction, though the six principles of the ceasefire plan remained the same.

''We are somewhat puzzled by the fact that the document Mikhail Saakashvili signed yesterday differs from the one President Medvedev and Nicolas Sarkozy have agreed in Moscow,'' Interfax news agency quoted him as saying.

''We are going to seek explanation on this matter through diplomatic channels,'' he said.

''The document signed by Mikhail Saakashvili completely omits the opening sentence, the introductory part. It is an integral part of the document and when the leaders of South Ossetia, Abkhazia and now Russia have signed the document, they signed an agreed version, not some shortened or edited one,'' he added.

''We received the copy of this agreement by fax,'' Mr Lavrov said.


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