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Russia's Ivanov Says 'Terrorists' Still In Georgia

Paris, 6 March 2004 (RFE/RL) -- Russia's acting defense minister, Sergei Ivanov, says Georgia continues to be used by "terrorists" who cross into its breakaway republic of Chechnya.

In an interview today in the French newspaper "Le Figaro," Ivanov said Georgian police and the army are not taking adequate measures to prevent this transit.

Ivanov said scores of foreign terrorists -- many of them from Turkey -- have been caught or killed in Chechnya. He said their passports always contain Georgian visas.

Ivanov also said Georgia continues to provide safe haven for terrorist camps.