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4 UN Staff Set Free In Georgia

Kidnappers on Tuesday released four UN staff abducted last week while monitoring the border between Georgia and the separatist province of Abkhazia, a senior Georgian official said. Unidentified gunmen abducted three UN military observers, two Germans and a Dane, with their Georgian interpreter Thursday in the remote Kodor Gorge on the border with Abkhazia, which broke away from Georgia in 1993. “We can confirm that the hostages have been released,” said Bessarion Kvitsiani, deputy envoy of Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze in the gorge. “The ransom has not been paid,” he said, adding that no criminal charges would be brought against the kidnappers. The abductors on Sunday demanded $3 million to release their hostages. Kvitsiani did not explain how the government had secured the captives’ release. Full Story

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