Secretary-General discusses regional conflicts with Georgian President

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has held talks with President Eduard Schevardnadze of Georgia concerning the conflicts in the region, Mr. Annan's spokesman said today.
In a statement to a United Nations news briefing in New York, Spokesman Fred Eckhard said the Secretary-General had talked with President Schevardnadze by telephone on Wednesday and that their discussions included "the Abkhaz situation and the tragic conflict in the Northern Caucasus."

In particular, Mr. Eckhard said, they discussed the refugee situation and the humanitarian consequences for the civilian population as a whole.