EU: Most Russian cease-fire allegations overblown

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- The director of the EU's monitoring mission in Georgia says most Russian claims that Georgia is violating a cease-fire agreement are overblown.

Hansjoerg Haber says the allegations by Russia and South Ossetian allies are vague and they need to provide more evidence and allow EU observers to enter the breakaway province to investigate.

Haber told reporters Friday the presence of Georgian special units in areas adjacent to South Ossetia -- criticized by Moscow -- was "commensurate and adequate" for policing tasks in the areas.

A war erupted in August when Georgia launched an attack to regain control over South Ossetia. Russian forces swiftly repelled the attack and drove deep into Georgia.

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


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