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    CE DEEMS IT NECESSARY TO RECALL SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FROM GEORGIA

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    TBILISI, May 13 (RIA Novosti-Georgia) - Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Walter Schwimmer has not considered the recall of his special representative in Georgia, Plamen Nikolov. Mr. Schwimmer said this in Strasbourg in an interview with the Georgian Imedi TV company.

    Earlier, the Georgian leadership raised the question of recalling Nikolov from the country on the suspicion that he provided Mr. Schwimmer with inaccurate information on the Adzhaharian developments.

    According to Mr. Schwimmer, the Council of Europe has done its best to uphold human rights in Adzharia.

    Mr. Schwimmer emphasized that he had repeatedly criticized Abashidze and his regime when opposition rallies were dispersed in Adzharia.

    He also noted that the Council of Europe had always played a positive role in the Georgian processes.

    Last Sunday, May 9, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili came out with sharp criticism of the Council of Europe's leadership, which allegedly put the blame for the disrupted Tbilisi-Batumi dialogue on both sides. Shortly afterwards, the Georgian foreign ministry corrected Saakashvili's statement and found the scapegoat, special representative Nikolov. The Georgian foreign ministry initiated his recall from the country. Apparently, the conflict is over. Yesterday Schwimmer met Georgian Foreign Minister Salome Zurabishvili who is participating in the 114th session of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers.

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