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    GEORGIAN LEADER PROMISES TO HUNT DOWN PERPETRATORS OF ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT

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    BRUSSELS, 7 April. RIA Novosti correspondent Alexander Shishlo-President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili has called the attempted murder of Russian Major General Alexander Studenikin, who commands the Russian forces in the Caucasus, a provocation.

    "This is a provocation designed to undermine the improving relations between Russia and Georgia," Saakashvili said following talks with NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer in Brussels on Wednesday.

    The Georgian leader expressed his satisfaction with the fact that the Russian military command had taken the view that the attempted assassination was a provocation. Mikhail Saakashvili said that the guilty parties would be found and brought to justice.

    The attempt on the general's life was made on Tuesday evening. He was walking past a building that houses the officers of the Russian forces in the Caucasus when an explosive device planted on the wall went off. General Studenikin was wounded and was taken to the military hospital in Tbilisi. Doctors have said that his life is out of danger.

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