Picture: (AFP/Vladimir Valishvili)
Georgians cheer while listening to a speech by President Mikheil Saakashvili from the steps of the parliament building in downtown Tbilisi. Georgia and Russia have agreed to a peace plan brokered by France after Moscow ordered a halt to its military onslaught.
The leaders of two Russian-backed rebel regions, South Ossetia and Abkhazia, ruled out talks with Georgia’s leaders, accusing them of war crimes.
South Ossetia’s leader, Eduard Kokoity, was quoted as saying "There can be no talks with organizers of genocide…. Only judges at an international tribunal should talk to them".
Abkhaz rebel leader Sergei Bagapsh says "There will be no more negotiations with Georgia."
Bagapsh added "One should put state criminals on trial".
The two separatist leaders have long ruled out bilateral talks with Tbilisi.
Their latest comments were reported after Russia and Georgia agreed on a French peace plan to end fighting in and around the two regions.
Georgia last week attacked South Ossetia in an attempt to retake the region, sparking a massive retaliatory strike from Russia, which backs the separatists.
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