By C. J. Chivers and Michael Schwirtz
Published: August 25, 2008
TBILISI, Georgia: President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia said Sunday that he planned to rebuild his country's shattered army, and that even after its decisive defeat in the war for control of one of Georgia's two separatist enclaves he would continue to pursue a policy of uniting both under the Georgian flag.
"It will stay the same," he said of his ambition to bring the enclaves, South Ossetia and Abkhazia, under Georgian control. "Now as ever."
The upper house of Russia's parliament, meanwhile, voted unanimously Monday to ask President Dmitri Medvedev to recognize the enclaves' independence. The lower house was expected to hold a similar vote later in the day.
France called an emergency summit meeting of the European Union for next Monday to discuss "the future of relations with Russia" and aid to Georgia,
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