Georgians Go Soft On Russian Peace Keepers in Abkhazia

ST. PETERSBURG (Armenpress)–The head of Russian Federation Council (the upper chamber of State Duma) Yegor Stroyev–after a meeting with the newly elected chairwoman of Georgian parliament Nino Burjanidze–was quoted by Russian media as saying that the Georgian parliament would no longer ask for the withdrawal of Russian peacekeepers from Abkhazia–and that many deputies believe that the Chechen field commander Ruslan Gelayev–who raided Abkhazia–should be handed over to Russia.

The Russian peacekeeping forces were permitted to stay in Abkhazia but on condition the Russia’s agree that after the meeting of the CIS heads of state–on November 30 in Moscow–a CIS peacekeeping force joins the Russian force.

"If the mandate can be changed–if the peacekeepers can be transferred to the Galidzga River–if the refugees can return to the Gali District–and if the peacekeepers can be supplemented with the same CIS forces–or other forces of the CIS states–then this issue will probably be open for discussion at the summit of the CIS heads of state," said Nino Burjanidze.

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