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Published on August 26, 2008
Joint communiqué issued by M. Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the Republic, and M. Dimitri Medvedev, President of Russia

Paris, August 19, 2008

As they had agreed, the French President, European Union Council President-in-Office Nicolas Sarkozy and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev had a telephone conversation today.

The two heads of State agreed on the urgent need to fully implement the six-point ceasefire agreement, concluded on 12 August in Moscow.

President Medvedev announced to President Sarkozy that the withdrawal of the Russian troops will be completed on 21 and 22 August, with the exception of 500 personnel tasked with implementing the additional security measures provided for under article 5 of the 12 August agreement.

President Medvedev also confirmed his agreement to the presence of OSCE observers who will cooperate with the patrols in the temporary security zone.

The French President expressed his wish for the number of OSCE observers to be rapidly increased and confirmed that French observers will be sent as part of this mission./.

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