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10 Mar 2003 description

(Tbilisi. March 10, 2003. Civil Georgia) - "Georgia is ready to discuss creating of federative republic in which Abkhazia will be granted special rights," Georgian President Shevardnadze said at the news briefing today.

07 Mar 2003 description

By Jaba Devdariani: Repost from EurasiaNet 3/06/03

Georgian leader Eduard Shevardnadze opened two days of talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on March 6 at the Black Sea resort of Sochi. Discussions aim to ease bilateral tension on a variety of issues, with the Georgian leader focusing much of his attention on the Abkhazia issue.

Russia and Georgia have sparred over separatist-minded Abkhazia in recent months. On March 3, Shevardnadze sought to downplay expectations of a major advance.

07 Mar 2003 description

(Tbilisi. March 7, 2003. Civil Georgia) - The joint statement of the Georgian and Russian President's adopted after the talks held today in Russia's Black Sea resort Sochi.

The statement reads that the process of resumption of the railway connection between Sochi and Tbilisi via Abkhazia "should be synchronized with the process of return of IDPs in Abkhazia, first of all in Gali district."

According to the statement for the implementation of the decision a Russian-Georgian joint governmental commission will be created.

05 Mar 2003 description

(Tbilisi. March 5, 2003. Civil Georgia) - UN Secretary General's representative in Georgia Heidi Tagliavini informed today Parliamentary Special Commission on Abkhazia regarding the recent developments in settlement of the conflict in Abkhazia.

02 Mar 2003 description

(Tbilisi, September 2, 2003, Civil Georgia) - Russian Minister for the Chechnya Stanislav Iliasov told the reporters in Tbilisi that Moscow guarantees security for the Chechen refugees willing to return in Chechnya.

Stanislav Iliasov said he hopes the repatriation will start in late September.

"Russian Government is ready to grant compensation payments for housing and unemployment benefits in case of repatriation," Stanislav Iliasov said after the meeting with Georgian President Shevardnadze on September 1.

Russian minister also said that delegation of the Russian …

28 Feb 2003 description

(Tbilisi. February 27, 2003. Civil Georgia) - Abkhaz de facto Foreign Minister Sergei Shamba met in Sokhumi on 26 February with Euro-parliamentarians, which pay fact-finding visit to Georgia, and told them that Abkhazia will not agree on talks with Tbilisi regarding the Abkhazia's status within the Georgian state.

27 Feb 2003 description

(Tbilisi. February 27, 2003. Civil Georgia) - Chairman of the Parliament Nino Burjanadze called the government to present plan of action regarding the settlement of conflict in Abkhazia.

"A month ago Parliament requested the government to submit plan of action, how the government intends to solve the Abkhazian conflict. We have not received anything so far," Nino Burjanadze said.

"I request Mariam Tsatsanashvili [President's Parliamentary Secretary] to inform MPs whether the government has a started to draft the document or not," Burjanadze said.

25 Feb 2003 description

(Tbilisi. February 25, 2003. Civil Georgia) - Today the delegation of the Euro-parliament met Georgian Parliamentary Chairperson Nino Burjanadze, head of the Tbilisi-based Abkhaz government in exile MP Tamaz Nadareishvili and leader of the opposition United Democrats Party MP Zurab Zhvania.

21 Feb 2003 description

(Tbilisi February 21, 2003. Civil Georgia) - The UN Secretary General's Group of Friends on Georgia (Germany, France, Great Britain, Russia and the United States) met in Geneva on February 19-20 to discuss situation in Abkhazian conflict zone.

The meeting was held beyond the closed doors. Georgian and Abkhaz sides did not attend the meeting.

19 Feb 2003 description

(Tbilisi February 19, 2003. Civil Georgia) - Georgian Parliamentary Chairperson Nino Burjanadze left for Vienna on February 18 to participate at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.

Burjanadze intends to raise the issue of Abkhazian conflict and Russo-Georgian relations at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.

Vice-speaker of the Georgian Parliament Vakhtang Kolbaia and MP Ada Marshania accompany Parliamentary Chairperson in Vienna.

18 Feb 2003 description

(Tbilisi February 17, 2003. Civil Georgia) - As anticipated Georgian authorities prolonged Russian peacekeepers' mandate deployed in the Abkhazian conflict zone under the auspices of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

The decision was taken at the meeting of the National Security Council late today.

Last week US Department of State recommended Georgian authorities to prolong the peacekeepers' mandate, which expired in January, for another six month.

14 Feb 2003 description

(Tbilisi February 14, 2003. Civil Georgia) - A grenade, connected to the timer exploded today at the IDPs tent protesting against the Russian peacekeepers' presence in Abkhazian conflict zone.
Explosion caused no casualties as the organizers of the protest rally found the grenade earlier, but could not deactivate it, thus the area was evacuated.

The protest rally started in January at the bridge over Enguri river, which is the administrative border between breakaway Abkhazia and the rest of Georgia.

13 Feb 2003 description

(Tbilisi February 13, 2003. Civil Georgia) - Russian Peacekeepers' checkpoint deployed in the Abkhazian conflict zone was fired on February 13, causing no casualties, Russian media sources reported quoting peacekeeping forces' leadership.
Georgian authorities could not confirm that fact of attack against the Russian peacekeepers' checkpoint.

On the same day in town of Zugdidi, western Georgia, near the administrative border with breakaway Abkhazia, unknown persons attacked the Russian peacekeepers' lorry with the fire-bomb. No casualties reported.

10 Feb 2003 description

(Tbilisi February 10, 2003. Civil Georgia) - After the talks in Moscow between Georgian and Russian delegations the sides could not come up with the decision on Russian peacekeepers mandate, deployed in Abkhazian conflict zone under the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

"After the first stage of talks in Moscow the sides require more time to discuss some details of the problem," Georgian President Shevardnadze said in his Monday radiobroadcast.

08 Feb 2003 description

(Tbilisi February 8, 2003. Civil Georgia) - Speakers of the Caucasian states - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Russia meet in Russia's North Caucasian city of Kislovodsk on February 8.

06 Feb 2003 description

Lack of Progress in Negotiations can Trigger a Backlash

While the Russian peacekeepers' mandate in the Abkhazian conflict area remains unclear, hard-line stance increases among the Georgian authorities towards the breakaway region. Experts fear the buildup of a military rhetoric of both Georgian and Abkhaz sides might lead to flare-up of violence.

Recent political consultations regarding Abkhazia left both sides utterly unsatisfied.

05 Feb 2003 description

(Tbilisi February 5, 2003. Civil Georgia) - Russian ambassador in Georgia Vladimir Chkhikvishvili met with the Head of the Tbilisi-based Abkhazian government in exile Tamaz Nadareishvili on February 5. Officials discussed situation in Abkhazian conflict zone.