Georgia May Pull Out of CIS Treaty

TBILISI (Reuters)–Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze said on Monday his country was considering ending security cooperation with the Commonwealth of Independent States–following the lead of two other former Soviet republics.

"This agreement has not been of any use so far. It means a lot on paper–but in reality it means nothing," he told a news conference–referring to a CIS collective security treaty.

Uzbekistan has said it will leave the treaty at the next CIS meeting due in March–and Azerbaijan has said it will stop active participation.

"We will form a final position on this disagreement at the CIS summit in Moscow early in March," Shevardnadze said.

The CIS brings together 12 former Soviet states but the members have mostly failed to agree on major collective decisions.


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