Speaking at a news conference in Tbilisi on 16 December, Georgian presidential spokesman Vakhtang Abashidze said Tbilisi is ready to host a meeting between Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov, Russian Minister for Emergency Situations Sergei Shoigu, and OSCE Chairman In Office Knut Vollebaek, Caucasus Press reported. Abashidze explained Georgia's interest in resolving the Chechen conflict in terms of expediting the repatriation of several thousand Chechen refugees. LF
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