Georgia sues Russia for alleged ethnic cleansing

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) -- The Georgian security council says it has filed a lawsuit in the International Court of Justice for alleged ethnic cleansing.

Council chief Alexander Lomaia told The Associated Press that Georgia made the filing Tuesday with the international court. He gave no other details of the lawsuit.

Russian officials have accused Georgia of committing genocide by launching an offensive last week to try to retake control of the breakaway province of South Ossetia. Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, meanwhile, accused Russian forces Monday of cleansing another breakaway province, Abkhazia, of ethnic Georgians.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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