Georgia clashes leave 15 dead

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Tbilisi (AFP) - Fifteen people were killed and eight wounded yesterday as fresh clashes broke out between Georgian and Abkhazian forces despite a ceasefire agreement implemented on Saturday, officials said.

In the west Georgian city of Sukhumi, Georgian and Abkhazian leaders began talks aimed at working out details on ending the fighting in line with the ceasefire agreement signed in Moscow on Thursday, Itar-Tass news agency said.

Itar-Tass also reported that the Georgian leader, Eduard Shevardnadze, would be the sole candidate in coming elections for the presidency of parliament, a post which will make him de facto head of state.