No More Mr. Nice Guy

Shevardnadze declares war on Georgia's rebels

He may be admired around the world for his role in ending the cold war, but Eduard Shevardnadze has had little success so far in bringing peace to his troubled homeland of Georgia. Since his return there last March, Shevardnadze has been beset by coup attempts, ethnic rebellions and acts of political terrorism. Seven days after the former Soviet Foreign Minister, now leader of Georgia's State Council, proclaimed a "manifesto" of reconciliation and released political prisoners, armed supporters of ousted President Zviad Gamsakhurdia struck again. They burst in on peace negotiations in the city of Zugdidi and abducted 12 officials.


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