US Advises All Americans to Leave Georgia

August 12, 2008 - 11:52 AM
Combined dispatches.
Washington (AP) - The State Department is recommending that all U.S. citizens leave Georgia due to ongoing Russian bombing of civilian and military targets despite Russia's claim to have halted military operations there.
 
In a new travel warning, it says the security situation throughout Georgia remains uncertain and that it is organizing a third evacuation convoy to take Americans who want to leave by road to neighboring Armenia.
 
More than 170 Americans left Georgia on Sunday and Monday in two similar convoys. The entire contingent of Peace Corps volunteers in Georgia has left for Armenia.
 
The department says the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi remains open for emergency services and that Americans who chose not to leave should consider moving to secure locations.
 
BP Shuts Down Georgian Pipeline

London (AP) - Oil company BP PLC says it has shut down a pipeline that runs through Georgia as a precautionary measure, but says that it is unaware of any Russian bombing of pipelines in the region.

The London-based oil company says it closed the 90,000-barrel-a-day oil pipeline running from Baku on the Caspian Sea to Supsa on Georgia's Black Sea coast earlier Tuesday.

BP spokesman Robert Wine says that the Baku-Supsa line was closed because it runs through the center of Georgia where there is greater risk of conflict.
 
Russia says Georgian president must go

Moscow (AP) - Russia's foreign minister says that Georgia's president must leave office and Georgian troops should stay out of the breakaway South Ossetia region for good.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says that Moscow won't talk to President Mikhail Saakashvili and Saakashvili "better go."

Lavrov's statement sets a tough stage for Russia's talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is heading to Moscow Tuesday to negotiate an EU-brokered truce for the fierce conflict over the breakaway region.
 
Russia endorses plan to leave breakaway region

Moscow (AP) - Russia's president has agreed to a proposal calling for both Russian and Georgian troops to move back to their initial positions and stop fighitng.
 
"The aggressor has been punished and suffered very significant losses. Its military has been disorganized," Medvedev said in a nationally televised statement.
 
Georgia has not yet agreed to the plan, which also calls for the beginning of international discussion on future status of Georgia's breakaway provinces and ways to ensure their security.