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Georgia Agrees To Restrict Troops On Abkhaz, South Ossetia Borders

TBILISI -- The Georgian Defense Ministry and the EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) have signed a memorandum that restricts Georgian troop movements along the borders with its breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

EUMM sources say it is hoped that Russia will do the same in the near future.

Tbilisi-based political analyst Archil Gegeshidze told RFE/RL's Georgian Service that the EUUM is trying to strengthen security measures in Georgia's border region to be able to address any Russian military concentration on the other side of the border.

Russia recognized Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states in August after the Russian-Georgian military conflict.

Moscow has kept its troops in the two Georgian regions since then.