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Georgia's Burdzhanadze ready to help establish truth in May 26 riot clashes

RIA Novosti

16:54 06/06/2011 KIEV, June 6 (RIA Novosti) - Nino Burdzhanadze, the leader of the Georgian opposition party People's Assembly, said on Monday she is ready to cooperate with the investigation into police clashes with the opposition in the early hours of May 26.

The Georgian Foreign Ministry said last week that leaders of the People's Assembly party had planned to arm protesters calling for the resignation of President Mikheil Saakashvili.

"I am interested in establishing the truth and that is why I want to stress that I am ready to cooperate with the investigation in any instance, even in such unfair court as in Georgia," Burdzhanadze said at a news conference in Ukraine's capital of Kiev.

The key opposition leader also said she would be demanding an international expertise of an audio recording of a telephone conversation with her son and of a video recording, which shows how a car from her motorcade allegedly hit a man while fleeing the scene of the clashes on May 26.

"I am ready for an expertise of any document, any audio or video recording," Burdzhanadze said.

Last week, Georgian police revealed a recording of a telephone conversation between Burdzhanadze and her younger son, Anzor Bitsadze, discussing a possible "Egyptian scenario" to overthrow Saakashvili.

The Georgian Interior Ministry says two people, one a former and the other a serving police officer, were killed after being run over by a motorized convoy of opposition leaders fleeing the scene.

A five-day opposition protest against Saakashvili, organized by Burdzhanadze and other Georgian opposition leaders, was dispersed in the early hours on May 26 on Tbilisi's Rustaveli Avenue. A total of 37 people were hospitalized, eight of them police officers.

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