UN Envoy holds talks in Abkhazia

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Dieter Boden, who is the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Abkhazia, met in Sukhum on 27 March with Abkhaz President Vladislav Ardzinba, Caucasus Press reported. In a subsequent interview with ITAR- TASS, Boden expressed regret that the protocol on exchanging prisoners signed on 3 February by the premiers and power ministers of Georgia and Abkhazia has not been implemented (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 4 and 21 February 2000). Also on 27 March, the newly appointed head of the UN Observer Mission to Abkhazia, Akhmed Anis Bajwa, met with Abkhaz Defense Minister Vladimir Mikanba, who accused the UN of "double standards" in failing to take action to curtail the activities of Georgian guerrillas operating in Abkhazia, Caucasus Press reported. LF

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