Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze yesterday told the country on radio that the UN Security Council’s July 12 resolution on Abkhazia opened the way toward a political settlement that would ensure Georgia’s territorial integrity. Shevardnadze particularly noted the resolution’s stipulations on the inviolability of Georgia’s borders, the non-recognition of forcible demographic changes in Abkhazia, and the repatriation there of Georgian refugees without linking this issue to that of Abkhazia’s political status. Shevardnadze urged an immediate resumption Georgian-Abkhaz talks, both under Russian mediation and directly, and in the presence of UN observers.
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