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Georgians Send Envoy to Mediate in Wayward Region

Georgia’s government sent an envoy to negotiate with a rebel region Wednesday, the second day of a blockade that halted oil shipments in a struggle to bring the Black Sea territory under central control. President Mikhail Saakashvili, who swept to power in a popular revolution last year, is trying to subdue the leader of the autonomous Adzhara region, Aslan Abashidze, accusing him of trying to block free and fair parliamentary elections. Parliamentary speaker Nino Burdzhanadze, a close ally of Saakashvili, told reporters in Batumi she did not expect any sudden breakthroughs as she headed for talks with Abashidze. Full Story

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