Russia-Georgia Talks Break Down

UN court tells nations not to target breakaway groups
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Oct 15, 2008 2:49 PM CDT
France's Pierre Morel, an EU representative, speaks during a press conference after a closed meeting of the Caucasus talks.   (AP Photo/Keystone/Laurent Gillieron)
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(Newser) – Georgia-Russia peace talks broke down today when Russian officials skipped a plenary session, Reuters reports, and the two sides failed even to agree on whether to include officials from South Ossetia and Abkhazia in the closed-door meeting. Each side bitterly blamed the other amid continuing tensions emanating from the five-day war in August.

"The Russians and the Georgians were not in a formal meeting at the same time, they weren't in the same room at the same time,"said one US diplomat.