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RUSSIA TO HELP UN HOLD GEORGIAN-ABKHAZ MEETING

RIA Novosti

MOSCOW, April 5 (RIA Novosti) - Russia is ready to help the UN Secretary General's special envoy organize Georgian-Abkhaz meetings, official spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Yakovenko told RIA Novosti ahead of the Geneva session of the Group of Friends of the UN Secretary General on Georgia scheduled for April 7-8. The Georgian and Abkhaz sides will participate in the session.

Moscow assigns priority to the activities of the Group of Friends. "Russia proceeds from the fact that Georgian-Abkhaz settlement should be peaceful and the increase of trust between the conflicting sides is a prerequisite. The resumption of talks and implementation of practical cooperation projects between Georgia and Abkhazia on key issues are expected to promote the settlement," Yakovenko noted.

"Russia intends to boost its work in this sphere and is ready to help the UN Secretary General's special envoy organize meetings between the conflicting sides," he said.



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