Publication: Monitor Volume: 2 Issue: 71

President Eduard Shevardnadze yesterday told the Georgian parliament that Russia is "the main factor" affecting efforts to reach a political settlement in Abkhazia and that Georgia is consequently prepared to host Russian military bases in order to resolve the Abkhaz problem. Barring a constructive Russian attitude, however, Georgia can "activate other levers" such as the UN and other international organizations, or seek a direct deal with Abkhazia on the basis of Georgia’s federalization. (Interfax, April 10)

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