The French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner is to present the Georgian government, and diplomats and ambassadors already in Tbilisi, with a peace proposal.
It includes a pull-out of both Georgian and Russian troops, and a return to South Ossetia’s autonomous status. Kouchner and the President of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Alexander Stoop, will go on to Moscow from Georgia.
France has stressed the need for an end to the violence by both sides.
“We would like to highlight again the fact we support the territorial integrity of Georgia and we call for an immediate ceasefire,” said Rolan Galargi, the head of the Continental Department at the French foreign ministry.
European Union foreign ministers have said they will meet on Wednesday. At the United Nations in New York ambassadors have failed to agree on a US resolution condemning Russia, in the face of a certain Russian veto. Washington says relations are at stake.