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OSCE, Russia discuss Georgia mission

MOSCOW, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Top Russian and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe officials met in Moscow Wednesday to discuss continuing the OSCE mission in Georgia.

Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis, the OSCE chairperson-in-office, met with Sergey Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister, to address Russia's objection to the OSCE continuing operations in war-torn Georgia, the OSCE reported.

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Bakoyannis, who has promised that the situation in Georgia would be a top priority, said Wednesday the OSCE mission in Georgia is "indispensable."

Russia, a member of the OSCE, has objected to the continuation of the OSCE mission in Georgia. As a result, the OSCE's mandate in the country ended in 2009. During the meeting Bakoyannis presented new proposals for Lavrov in hopes of resolving the dispute and resuming operations in Georgia.

"The situation on the ground remains volatile," Bakoyannis said in a statement.

"Incidents are happening on a frequent basis. I strongly believe that the current situation requires more and not less OSCE presence on both sides of the administrative boundary line. Strengthening security in the entire region is of utmost importance."

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