Georgians approve Shevardnadze

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The Independent Online
TBILISI - Georgians have voted overwhelmingly for Eduard Shevardnadze to continue to lead their country, but his victory appears unlikely to bring any swift resolution of the conflict in the breakaway region of Abkhazia, or a quick reversal of Georgia's deteriorating relations with Russia, writes Peter Pringle.

Mr Shevardnadze said yesterday that he was ready to meet President Yeltsin to discuss the failure of a ceasefire in Abkhazia which was brokered by Moscow. Mr Shevardnadze says that Russian 'extremist generals' commanding forces in the Caucasus region support Abkhaz separatists. He has asked Mr Yeltsin to remove them.