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    ATTEMPT ON THE LIFE OF ABKHAZIA'S PRIME MINISTER

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    SUKHUMI, March 1 (RIA Novosti) - Unknown thugs tried to kill Abkhazia's prime minister Alexander Ankvaba in the evening of February 28, reports the republican interior ministry.

    According to the ministerial spokesman, Ankvaba's car was fired upon by unknown gunmen in Sukhumi (the capital of the self-proclaimed Abkhazian republic) in the evening of February 28.

    Ankvaba became prime minister of the self-proclaimed Abkhazian republic February 14.

    Meanwhile this crime was condemned by official Tbilisi.

    Any destabilization, let alone attempted assassinations, do not suit us, Georgy Khaindrava, who heads Georgia's Ministry for Settling Conflicts, noted. We are awaiting stabilization; and we also expect the Abkhazian leadership to clarify its positions as regards the resumption of Georgian-Abkhazian talks, Mr. Khaindrava added.

    According to Mr. Khaindrava, the attempt on the life of the Abkhazian prime minister attests to the fact that the regional situation has not stabilized after presidential elections in the self-proclaimed republic.

    Certain Abkhazian forces started acting against Mr. Ankvaba after he mentioned a projected personnel reshuffle inside the republican government, Mr. Khaindrava stressed. Mr. Ankvaba was chosen by the people; and this does not suit many persons, Mr. Khaindrava said in conclusion.

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