Russian military confirm demand to Georgian units in Abkhazia to disarm

Russian Defense Ministry has cofirmed that a demand has been issued to Georgian armed units in the security zone in Abkhazia's Zugdidi district to lay down arms as a step towards preventing an escalation of the armed conflict.

"A well-equipped brigade of special task troops of the Georgian Interior Ministry is deployed in the zone of operations of the peacekeeping contigent," a spokesman for the Defense Ministry told Itar-Tass.

"The brigade has a strength of 1,500 fighters, who are not at all policemen, and an additionally assigned weaponry," he said.

"The demand for disarmament arises from the importance of preventing a further deterioration of the armed conflict, considering a possibility of provocations on the part of the Georgian special assignment troops," the spokesman indicated.

[Source: Itar Tass, Moscow, 11Aug08]

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