TBILISI, July 27 (Xinhua) -- Georgia welcomed a decision of the European Union (EU) on the extension of the mandate of the monitoring mission in Georgia (EUMM Georgia) by a year, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
"The final document of the EU Council states that the EUMM Georgia seeks to provide civilian monitoring of parties' actions, including full compliance with the six-point agreement and subsequent implementing measures throughout Georgia, working in close coordination with partners, particularly the United Nations (UN) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and consistent with other EU activity in order to contribute to stabilization, normalization and confidence building whilst also contributing to realizing the EU' long-term policy with respect to Georgia," the statement said.
Earlier on Tuesday, EU foreign ministers agreed in Brussels to extend the mandate of the EUMM Georgia for a year till Sept. 14, 2011.
Russia recognized independence of the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia after a brief war with Georgia in August 2008.
The EUMM Georgia was deployed and began its operation on Oct. 1, 2008 as a result of the six-point agreement signed by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and French President Nicolas Sarkozy in the aftermath of the conflict.