Georgia Will Use Force Only as a Last Resort- President Shevardnadze

“In case Abkhazian refuses to renew peace talks and does not agree on the status within the Georgian state, Tbilisi will have to restore the territorial integrity by force”, President Shevardnadze stated during the briefing today.

Georgian President said he is optimistic regarding the solution of Abkhazian problem because he is confident that Russian President Vladimir Putin will not repeat mistakes of his predecessor Boris Yeltsin in Abkhazian issue.

President Shevardnadze welcomed Vladimir Putin’s statement about Russia’s readiness to withdraw peacekeepers from Abkhazia. “I’d prefer Ukrainian peacekeepers to replace them”, Shevardnadze announced today.

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