The August war in Georgia will be the main focus of the autumn session of the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe (PACE), which opens in Strasbourg on September 29.

The debates will be held in two parts: on September 30 and on October 2.

A group of 24 members of PACE submitted a request for the reconsideration of the credentials of the Russian delegation to PACE "on the grounds of serious violations of the basic principles" of the Council of Europe.

Mikheil Machavariani, the vice-speaker of the Georgian parliament, who is a member of the Georgian delegation to PACE, told journalists before his departure for Strasburg that it was not yet possible to predict the outcome of the request, on whether the Russian credentials would be withdrawn or not.

As part of the run-up to the debates, an ad hoc committee will pay a fact-finding visit to Georgia and Russia. The group called for an international probe into the events that led to the war.


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