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Next round of Geneva discussions on South Caucasus scheduled for late March

December 13, 2017, 21:43 UTC+3 GENEVA

The Geneva Discussions on security and stability in the South Caucasus are the only platform for a dialogue between Georgia and the breakaway republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia

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GENEVA, December 13. /TASS/. The next round of Geneva International Discussions on security and stability in South Caucasus is scheduled for the end of March 2018, Russia’s State Secretary, Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin told TASS on Wednesday.

"We have agreed to carry on with our work at the next meeting scheduled for the end of next March," he said.

The Geneva Discussions on security and stability in the South Caucasus are the only platform for a dialogue between Georgia and the breakaway republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. They are held under the auspices of the UN, the European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) with participation of Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Georgia, Russia and the United States.

The Geneva Discussions were held upon agreements reached by the Russian and French presidents after tragic events in August 2008 in South Ossetia when Georgia attacked it. That entailed Russia's peacemaking operation in the region. Afterwards, Moscow recognized independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Russia's allies Nicaragua and Venezuela followed the suit, as did a number of small Pacific island states.

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