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Separatist Abkhazia refuses talks with Georgia

Georgia’s separatist region of Abkhazia said it would not take part in talks with Georgia later this week aimed at reaching a peaceful settlement on the region’s future status, it was reported. “Abkhazia does not deem it useful to acquire a new (conflict) resolution mechanism,” the ITAR-TASS news agency quoted the region’s self-declared foreign minister, Sergei Shamba, as saying. The talks are scheduled to take place in Geneva on Tuesday and Wednesday, under the auspices of the “Group of Friends of Georgia” comprising Britain, France, Germany, Russia and the United States. “Abkhazia does not intend to study the proposals from the ambassadors of countries (of the group) which aim to set out constitutional prerogatives between Tbilisi and Sukhumi,” Shamba said. Full Story

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