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Thursday, October 16, 2008

"Russia, Georgia to hold dueling peace talks as planned meeting collapses,", October 14, 2008.

Peace talks planned for today in Geneva between Russia and Georgia have broken down after Russia refused to attend. Abkhazian Foreign Minister Sergei Chamba says there will now be two separate Geneva meetings, one for Russia and its allies and another for the Georgians.

Russian negotiators said they thought the talks should include representatives from the breakaway enclaves of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, since their status is likely to be one of the major topics of discussion. But Georgian officials challenged the attendance, with Georgia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Giga Bokeria claiming that attendance by representatives of these “proxy regimes” would “ruin these negotiations.”

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