Medvedev: European monitors to deploy to Georgia

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's president says troops will pull out of Georgian territory outside of South Ossetia and Abkhazia after European monitors deploy next month.

President Dmitry Medvedev also says international talks on the conflict in Georgia would be held beginning Oct. 15 in Geneva.

He spoke Monday at a Moscow news conference after talks with visiting French President Nicholas Sarkozy.

The Russian leader said that 200 EU monitors will be deployed to South Ossetia no later than Oct. 1.

He also says Russian troops will pull out of the area near the Black Sea port of Poti and nearby areas in the next seven days, but only if Georgia signs a pledge to not use force against Abkhazia.

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

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