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President of Georgia Pleads for Calm as Protests Grow

A postelection standoff erupted into turmoil in Georgia on Friday as thousands of antigovernment protesters filled the streets, surrounding the presidential compound as truckloads of soldiers stood by. President Eduard A. Shevardnadze addressed the nation on television, pleading for calm and warning that the protests could spark a civil war. He rebuffed calls for his resignation but said he was ready to talk with opposition leaders in this former Soviet republic. “As long as I am president, a legally elected president, I won’t allow the nation to split and civil war to break out, although the real danger of this exists,” said Mr. Shevarnadze, 75, waving his hands and looking pale. Full Story

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