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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Abkhazia Talks Resume

GENEVA (x) -- UN-mediated talks between Georgia and rebel Abkhazia on the province's political status will resume in Geneva on Aug. 30, the United Nations said Friday.

Edouard Brunner, Switzerland's ambassador to France who is serving as UN envoy on Abkhazia, will chair the two-day round, in which Russian officials are also participating.

"They will concentrate on political issues, constitutional issues on the future status of Abkhazia within Georgia -- whether it will be federation or confederation or whatever," one diplomat said. "We expect the negotiations will be very difficult."