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Georgia on the brink of civil war

Rebel region declares emergency as president threatens force. Georgia was drawn to the brink of civil war yesterday after President Mikhail Saakashvili threatened to use force against the breakaway region of Adzharia. Raising the stakes in a simmering feud with the local strongman Aslan Abashidze, Mr Saakashvili urged the people of the Black Sea region to defy a curfew and state of emergency ordered at the weekend by his rival. He denied suggestions that an invasion of Adzharia was imminent, but promised to liberate the region from a “criminal regime” – by force if necessary. Full Story

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