Ambassador Heidi Tagliavini, who is UN
Secretary-General Kofi Annan's special envoy for the Abkhaz conflict, met
in Sukhum on 19 March with Abkhaz Prime Minister Gennadii Gagulia and Foreign
Minister Sergei Shamba, Caucasus Press reported. Tagliavini told journalists
that the talks focused on implementation of the agreements reached during
talks in Sochi on 6-7 March between the Russian and Georgian presidents.
Shamba reportedly advocated a key role for the UN in ensuring the implementation
of the agreements on repatriation of displaced persons and resuming rail
communication between Sukhum and Tbilisi. In Tbilisi, however, Georgian
President Shevardnadze told Georgian State Television on 19 March that
the UN is incapable of ensuring the implementation of Security Council
resolutions, including 28 such resolutions on Abkhazia, Interfax reported.
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