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Georgia, Moscow Discuss Abkhazia, South Ossetia

12 September 2004 -- Georgia's Conflict Resolution Minister Giorgi Khaindrava is in Moscow today for talks aimed at discussing the situation around Abkhazia and South Ossetia with Russia.

Khaindrava is scheduled to meet foreign ministry and security council officials.

Talking to journalists upon his arrival, the Georgian envoy said that he will notably discuss Russia's decision to reopen a direct railway link between Moscow and Sukhumi, the capital of Abkhazia.

Khaindrava said that the reopening of the Moscow-Sukhumi rail connection "further complicates" relations between Russia and Georgia.

Tbilisi recently accused Moscow of interfering in its attempts to restore its jurisdiction over Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Both regions proclaimed their independence in the early 1990s, triggering armed conflicts with Georgia.

(ITAR-TASS, agencies)

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