German FM to Russian counterpart: Moscow must uphold cease-fire

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier telephoned his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov to insist Moscow uphold its end of the EU-brokered cease-fire agreement. The German Foreign Ministry said the two also agreed that 20 extra unarmed observers would be sent to monitor the situation in Georgia near the separatist region of South Ossetia. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe agreed last week to immediately send 20 additional unarmed military monitors to join its 200-person mission in Georgia.