EU foreign ministers have met in Brussels to clear the way for 500 million euros in aid to Georgia. The financial package, is a response to the destruction caused in the country after its recent war. Ministers also agreed to send 200 monitors to the region.
Javier Solana, European Union Foreign policy chief, said: ‘‘The first commitment is to deploy before the beginning of the month of October the number observers, the 200 observers, in order to the withdrawal, the complete withdrawal from that part of the Russian forces. ‘‘This is being worked on, that will be done, and it will be done in time with all the commitments we have taken. ‘‘Now after that, we will see how the situation evolves. ‘‘We are ready and disposed to go beyond those commitments to other places, he said’‘
The 200 observers are expected to start their mission ahead of a complete Russian withdrawal next month. Over the weekend, Russia pulled out troops from the Georgian port of Poti. Visiting South Ossetia, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, the EU had to monitor both sides of the conflict: ‘‘We categorically demand that the EU, which is to take charge of guaranteeing peace, executes its role to the end’‘
Georgia has requested almost One and half billion euros in international aid to repair infrastructure damaged in the wake of last months conflict.