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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Shevardnadze Speech

TBILISI, Georgia -- Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze said Tuesday the Abkhaz conflict may be solved by force if diplomatic efforts fail to end the breakaway province's five-year secessionist drive.

"If the potential of negotiation process is exhausted, the use of force to establish peace might come on the agenda,'' Shevardnadze said in the state-of-the-nation speech before the Georgian parliament.

Shevardnadze's statement, however, sounded less harsh than his remarks earlier this month, when he appealed to the international community to use force to end the conflict in Abkhazia as it did in Bosnia.