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Fresh Fighting Reported In South Ossetia


13 August 2004 -- Reports from Georgia say fighting resumed overnight in the separatist republic of South Ossetia.

Police in the neighboring government-controlled region of Shida Kartli say gun and mortar fire wounded at least three ethnic Georgians in the village of Eredvi, east of the South Ossetian capital Tskhinvali. The separatist leadership in turn says three people were wounded in the ethnic Ossetian village of Dmenisi, further east.

Three Georgian soldiers and one Eredvi resident were killed yesterday in the heaviest clashes reported in years in the breakaway province.

Georgian Minister for Conflict Resolution Giorgi Khaindrava is due to travel to Tskhinvali today to attend an emergency session of the four-party Joint Control Commission on South Ossetia. The meeting is aimed at ending weeks of tension in the region.

Two high-ranking Russian diplomats arrived yesterday in Tbilisi. Ambassadors-at-large Lev Mironov and Vladimir Kiriyakin are also due to travel to South Ossetia today.

(Rustavi-2/Novosti-Gruziya)

For the latest news on the tensions in South Ossetia, see RFE/RL's webpage on Ossetia.
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