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Tbilisi - Georgia accused separatists from its Abkhazia province of abducting the crews of two fishing vessels in international waters.

A spokesman for the Georgian leader, Eduard Shevardnadze, made the accusation as Russia prepared to turn up the heat on rebels by cutting Abkhaz telephone links today. The spokesman said an Abkhaz patrol boat had taken six men into the rebel-held province from the boats in international waters in the Black Sea. Reuter