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Asia Crisis

FACTBOX-Key points of Russia-EU agreement on Georgia

Sept 8 (Reuters) - Following are the key points of a memorandum on Georgia agreed in Moscow on Monday between Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and an EU delegation headed by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

The memorandum followed up an Aug. 12 ceasefire plan brokered by Sarkozy to end the brief war between Russia and its ex-Soviet neighbour Georgia.

The following is based on a text of the memorandum issued in Russian by the Kremlin press service.

* The European Union guarantees that Georgia will not use force against South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

* All Russian peacekeeping forces are to be pulled out from five monitoring posts between the Georgian towns of Poti and Senaki within a maximum of 7 days.

* Russian peacekeeping forces are to complete a full withdrawal from the zones adjoining South Ossetia and Abkhazia to their pre-conflict positions within 10 days after the deployment in these zones of an international monitoring force.

* The international force is to include no fewer than 200 European Union monitors.

* Georgia's armed forces are to return to their pre-conflict locations by Oct. 1, 2008.

* United Nations and Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) ceasefire monitoring missions which were deployed in and around South Ossetia and Abkhazia before the conflict are to continue their role.

* International discussions are to start in Geneva on Oct. 15 on ways to ensure security and stability in the region, on the treatment of refugees and displaced persons and any other issues raised with the consent of both sides.

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