Georgia War Ends

Georgia War Ends 11:16am UK, Tuesday August 12, 2008

"I have taken the decision to end the operation to force Georgian authorities into peace," Dmitry Medvedev was quoted as saying.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Boris Malakhov confirmed the order to Sky News.

Sky News chief correspondent Stuart Ramsay, speaking from Tibilisi, said the Russians had probably achieved their goal of pushing Georgian forces far enough back inside their borders to prevent further attacks on the rebel province of South Ossetia.

"If the Russians say it's over, it's over," he said.

"This is pretty good news. It means the military phase is over although there's an awful lot of wrangling that needs to take place."

The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, welcomed the announcement and called for a timetable to return all sides to the positions they occupied before hostilities started.

This moment was taken as an important global event which drew worried attention from around the world. Fortunately, the war was mercifully short. The formal GCP event was set for a three hour period roughly corresponding to or encompassing the announcement that the operation had ended. Chisquare is 10730.048 on 10800 df, for a p-value of 0.625 and Z = -0.318. The trend is thus opposite to prediction.

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