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Intelligence Chief: Risk of Provocations in Border Areas with Russia
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 28 Oct.'09 / 16:28

Gela Bezhuashvili, the head of Georgian intelligence service, said on October 28 there was risk of provocations in Georgia’s border areas with Russia.

Bezhuashvili, along with head of Georgia’s Border Police, Zaza Gogava, met with a small group of lawmakers from Parliament’s Confidence Group, the body which is in charge of monitoring defense spending, including related to top secret projects, as well as discussing sensitive security issues.

“There is risk of provocations,” Gela Bezhuashvili, the head of Georgian intelligence service, said. “We believe that the entire border area with Russia represents a threat, as [these areas] will be used for various provocations; maritime border section also is part of this zone of risk. We have information that there may be various types of provocations; we will work to prevent [the provocations].”

The meeting with the Group of Confidence was requested by Christian-Democratic Movement (CDM), a leading party in the parliamentary minority. CDM said such meeting became necessary to discuss possible threats related to Russia’s recent groundless allegations that as if Georgia was assisting militants in infiltrating into Russia’s North Caucasus republics.

Zaza Gogava, head of the border police, told journalists after the meeting, held behind the closed doors, that not a single case of illegal border crossing in areas under the Georgian authorities control, was observed in 2009 and Russia’s allegations were “provocation.”

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