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Georgian-Abkhazian Talks Bring No Results

TBILISI -- Georgian-Abkhazian talks held in the Abkhaz town of Gali have ended with no results, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Representatives of the United Nations, the European Union, Georgian government officials, and commanders from the Russian armed forces located in Abkhazia took part in the talks.

The Georgian delegation was led by Interior Ministry Information Center chief Shota Utiashvili. He told RFE/RL that the Georgian side raised the issue of Georgian schools in Abkhazia's Gali district, which has a large number of ethnic Georgians.

The frequent patrolling of Georgian territories by Russian military helicopters and attacks against Georgian policemen along the Inguri River -- which divides Georgia proper from Abkhazia -- were also raised by the Georgian delegation.

Meanwhile, Abkhaz officials protested a recent incident in the Black Sea involving a Turkish cargo ship that was going to Abkhazia but was impounded by Georgian officials and the ship's captain given a 24-year jail term.

The sides decided that the next talks would be held in one week.