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25 Mar 2003 description

(Tbilisi. March 25, 2003. Civil Georgia) - Secretary of the Russian Security Council Vladimir Rushailo said on March 24 Russian and Georgian authorities will renew joint activities on return of the Chechen refugees living in Georgia's Pankisi gorge.

"The Russian President has already requested the Emergency Ministry to start working on the issue," Russian media sources report quoting Vladimir Rushailo, which held talks with his Georgian counterpart Tedo Japaridze in Moscow.

14 Mar 2003 description

(Tbilisi. March 14, 2003. Civil Georgia) - Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said Iran is ready to cooperate with Russia in establishing stability and security in the North Caucasus.

In the interview to the Russian news agency RIA Novosti Kamal Kharrazi said that the issue of ensuring stability in the Caucasus, particularly in Chechnya, Nagorno-Karabakh and Abkhazia was discussed during the talks with the Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov.

10 Mar 2003 description

President Shevardnadze called his meeting with the Russian President Vladimir Putin in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi on March 6-7, a "beginning of the new and important phase" in Russo-Georgian relations. At the meeting, which was primarily dedicated to the Abkhazian issues, the two presidents also talked about bilateral cooperation against terrorism.

"I was quite skeptical about this meeting. However, I must say that the talks with Mr. Putin brought very positive results.

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 …