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Security Treaty Leaders Condemn Georgia For Aggression

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said heads of state of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) have condemned Georgia for its military actions in South Ossetia that sparked a brief war between Russia and Georgia last month.

Medvedev's remarks came after a CSTO summit in Moscow. He said CSTO leader support Russia's actions in the conflict.

On September 4, CSTO foreign ministers backed Moscow's military action in Georgia, but stopped short of recognizing Georgia's breakaway republics.

The CSTO is made up of Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

EU Probe

Meanwhile, European Union nations are considering a call for an international inquiry as to which country is responsible for starting the conflict.

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband and other ministers at the start of two-day talks in Avignon, France said September 5 a probe is needed to find out who was guilty of allegations of human rights abuses during the five-day conflict.

The EU ministers agree that an independent "high representative" is needed to help solve the standoff peacefully.

EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said the mission, which aims to oversee a withdrawal of Russian troops from Georgian
territory, was "practically ready."

Solana said he thought Russia would cooperate with the operation, set to be deployed from the end of the month in
parallel with a mission by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

But Solana admitted there were still fundamental points for French President Nicolas Sarkozy to resolve when he travels
on September 8 to Moscow for talks with his Russian counterpart Medvedev.

Compiled from agency reports