U.S. Cancels Meeting With Activist

WASHINGTON -- Reversing an earlier announcement, the U.S. State Department said it will not meet with a South Ossetian activist who had conversations with a KGB security official in the breakaway region.

Last week, the department called off a meeting. On Tuesday, U.S. officials announced it was back on. On Wednesday, however, the officials said that announcement reflected an internal miscommunication.

The confusion at the State Department followed an Associated Press report about intercepted phone conversations between the activist, Lira Tskhovrebova, and an official in South Ossetia's security service. Tskhovrebova has denied working for the South Ossetian KGB, saying the recordings reflect innocent conversations with a family friend.

Mark Toner, a spokesman for the U.S. State Department's European affairs bureau, said Tuesday's announcement that a meeting would take place was based on inaccurate information.