Abkhazia launches operation to force Georgian troops out
www.chinaview.cn 2008-08-09 20:17:11   Print

    MOSCOW, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- Abkhazia's armed forces have begun an operation to force Georgian troops out of the upper part of theKodori gorge, the Itar-Tass news agency quoted foreign minister ofthe self-proclaimed republic Sergei Shamba as saying Saturday.

    Abkhazia's artillery and air force carried out strikes against Georgian troops in the gorge, the report said.

    In a separate report of the Interfax news agency, Abkhaz leaderSergei Bagapsh confirmed its "aviation is currently conducting an operation in the upper part of the Kodori gorge of Abkhazia controlled by Georgia." He added that the operation will continue.

    The regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia broke away from Georgia in the 1990s following the collapse of the former Soviet Union. But their self-proclaimed independence is not internationally recognized. Enditem

Editor: Lin Liyu
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