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Saakashvili may provoke mass flow of Chechens and terrorists into Georgia, Eduard Shevardnadze says

November 1, 2010

The following article is reprinted with permission from NEWS.am, Yerevan.

Saakashvili may provoke mass flow of Chechens and terrorists into Georgia, Eduard Shevardnadze says
©  NEWS.am
November 1, 2010  11:56

The Georgian government’s decision to annul the visa regime for residents of the North Caucasus may open the country up to terrorism, stated Georgian former President Eduard Shevardnadze, Trend News reports.

“Georgian border is open and there are no conditions to ensure security. I am scared of this decision because this could be very bad for Georgia. Who is going to cross the border – an honest citizen or a terrorist? It will be hard to understand,” Shevardnadze told Georgian Asaval-Dasavali weekly.

The former president stressed the country may also see a mass flow of Chechens into Georgia, as occurred after the first Russian-Chechen war.

Shevardnadze stressed that the decision may spoil Georgia’s relations with North Caucasians, especially the Chechens.

As NEWS.am reported previously, on October 11, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili signed a decree abolishing visa requirements for citizens of Russia’s North Caucasus republics as a step to facilitate tourism, trade and educational relations.

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