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Shevardnadze: Caucasus Meeting to Boost Peace - and Yeltsin

Tbilisi, May 27 (RFE/RL) -- Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze said today he hopes a meeting of Caucasus heads of state next week will boost regional peace.

Yeltsin also told Radio Georgia that it would provide a chance to boost the re-election chances of Russian President Boris Yeltsin.

The meeting on regional stability in the Caucasus will be attended by Yeltsin, Shevardnadze, Armenian President Levon Ter-Petrosyan and Azerbaijani President Heydar Aliyev. It is to be held next Monday in the southern Russian city of Kislovodsk.

The Caucasus presidents have voiced support for Yeltsin in the June 16 presidential election. They will discuss conflicts in their countries as well as in Russia's breakaway southern republic of Chechnya.