Georgia warns rebels
Wednesday 26 August 1992
So far about 70 people have died in the conflict but it could become much bloodier if other Caucasian ethnic groups from the Russian side of the mountains come in to help the Abkhazians. According to some reports, several hundred Chechen and Kabardinian fighters have already joined the Abkhazians in Gudauta, having evaded Russian border patrols. The Russian leader, Boris Yeltsin, and the Georgian leader, Eduard Shevardnadze, have agreed to meet in the next few days to discuss the crisis. Fearing terrorist attacks by the Abkhazians or their allies, Mr Shevardnadze has put the Georgian army on red alert and made contingency plans for national mobilisation.
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