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Georgia and Russia declare ceasefire
The deal calls for Russian troops to pull back from Georgia but also grants them limited patrols inside the country.
The Georgian president, Mikheil Saakashvili, reluctantly signed the plan yesterday while accusing the Russians of being "evil" and "21st century barbarians".
Russia had been refusing to pull back their forces until Saakashvili signed the six-point ceasefire plan which was brokered by the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, earlier this week.
Kremlin sources today confirmed that Russia had signed the pact.
"The president informed participants of the security council meeting that he had just now signed the six-point plan," said the Kremlin's chief spokeswoman, Natalia Timakova.
Under the plan, some emotive issues remain open to interpretation – including whether Georgia is able to send troops back into areas of South Ossetia.
The ceasefire agreement should prompt international talks to define the status of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
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