By its decision of 2 December 2008 the Council of the European Union established an Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia (IIFFMCG). This is the first time in its history that the European Union has decided to intervene actively in a serious armed conflict. It is also the first time that after having reached a ceasefire agreement the European Union set up a Fact-Finding Mission as a political and diplomatic follow-up to the conflict. In its work, the Mission has been assisted and advised by a Senior Advisory Board (see Acknowledgements). The present Report is the result of the mandated inquiry.
The Mission thanks the European Union for the steadfast support extended to the Mission throughout the whole period of its work.
It should be stressed that the Fact-Finding Mission is strictly limited to establishing facts and is not a tribunal. The Mission believes that there can be no peace in the South Caucasus as long as a common understanding of the facts is not achieved.
Tagliavini, H. (2009). Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia. European Union, Brussels.