Georgia vows to keep breakaway regions

August 17, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili says his country will not give up South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the two breakaway regions at the heart of days of fighting with Russia. Saakashvili says Georgia will never give up a single square mile of the country's territory. He spoke at a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday after a meeting in the capital, Tbilisi.

Merkel said Russia must withdraw immediately. She said she expects a "very fast, very prompt" withdrawal of Russian troops from Georgia. She called it an "urgent matter."

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Russia would begin to pull back troops on Monday but suggested they might remain in separatist South Ossetia.