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German, Danish U.N. Observers Kidnapped in Georgia

Two Germans and a Dane, monitoring the border between Georgia and separatist Abkhazia for the United Nations, were kidnapped on Thursday in a remote gorge, a senior Georgian official said. The three were part of a contingent of 100 U.N. observers monitoring a truce between Georgia and Abkhazia, which proclaimed itself a separate state in 1993 following the break-up of the Soviet Union. Some 250,000 Georgians fled the region when separatists drove out Georgian government troops in a war that killed about 10,000 people. Abkhazia is not recognized by any country or international body. “According to our information, two of the kidnapped observers are German and one Danish,” Georgia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Kakha Sikharulidze told Reuters. Full Story

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