Publication: Monitor Volume: 2 Issue: 192

Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze told the country on radio yesterday that UN special envoy "Edouard Brunner’s episodic visits do not contribute to the settlement of the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict." (Interfax, October 13) Brunner last week publicly endorsed the Russian and Abkhaz positions against Georgia’s (see Monitor, October 11) and also diverged from the positions of international organizations on the Abkhaz elections planned for next month. While the OSCE and other organizations have decided against monitoring those elections in order to avoid the appearance of legitimizing them, Brunner encouraged the Abkhaz leaders in Sukhumi to hold the election and to ensure an open exercise in order to gain international recognition.

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