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Geneva Talks End After Walkout By Abkhaz, South Ossetian Delegates

The 28th round of the Geneva International Discussions on Georgia's breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia have concluded abruptly after delegates from the two separatist regions walked out on June 18.

The two-day talks, co-chaired by representatives from the EU, UN, and the OSCE, started on June 17. The talks involve negotiators from the two breakaway regions, as well as from Georgia, Russia, and the United States.

Abkhazia and South Ossetia representatives, backed by Russia's negotiator, Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin, left the talks after demanding that the issue of displaced persons and refugees be removed from the agenda, saying the issue had been "politicized" by Tbilisi.

The Geneva talks were launched in 2008 following the brief Moscow-Tbilisi war that ended with Russia's recognition of the two separatist regions.

The next round of talks is scheduled for October 7-8.

Based on reporting by and

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