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28 Dec 2003 description

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 2003-12-28 12:43:13 - Georgian media reported on December 27 that around ten Georgians were abducted in Gali district of breakaway Abkhazia in retaliation to the disappearance of three Abkhaz border guards.

Reportedly, an armed group of Abkhazians raided Georgian villages in Gali district and kidnapped civilians.

Earlier three border guards of the breakaway Abkhazia were kidnapped. The Abkhaz side accused Georgian guerrillas in abduction case.

28 Dec 2003 description

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 2003-12-28 15:01:28 - 24 Georgian rescue workers left for Iran this morning to help search for survivors after thousands of people died in a devastating earthquake in Iran's historic city of Bam on December 26.

The team of the Georgian Interior Ministry's Emergency Situation Department includes rescuers, paramedics and one sniffer dog.

23 Dec 2003 description

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 2003-12-23 16:45:33 - Eter Astemirova was approved by the Parliament today as a Minister for Refugees and Accommodation.

Eter Astemirova was the member of the Tbilisi-based Abkhaz Parliament-in-exile.

The post is regarded to be the interim as according to the plan of reformation of the state agencies the Ministry for Refugees and Accommodation will be canceled.

04 Dec 2003 description

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 2003-12-04 18:05:25 - Interim President Nino Burjanadze met today with Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to Georgia, Ambassador Heidi Tagliavini.

The ways of peaceful settlement of the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict were discussed during the meeting.

Heidi Tagliavini delivered to Burjanadze a letter from UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, which included the UN vision regarding the conflict resolution.

01 Dec 2003 description

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 2003-12-01 14:10:07 - Maksim Gindjia, the head of the International Department of breakaway Abkhazia's Foreign Ministry, said today the Abkhaz authorities are ready to continue talks with the Georgian side.

"Primarily the Abkhaz leadership condemned the reshuffle of authorities in Tbilisi as a coup, but after the international community recognized the interim government, the Abkhaz side decided not to suspend ties with Tbilisi and continue the negotiating process," Maksim Gindjia told Civil Georgia on December 1.