February 23, 1998 |
Georgian gunmen released a Uruguayan serviceman on Sunday but continued to hold three other U.N. military observers and several other hostages after four days under siege at a remote farmhouse. Capt. Julio Navas smiled and waved as he was driven away from the village of Dzhikhashkari in a car belonging to the security minister of the former Soviet republic. His release was the first sign of progress in negotiations between local officials and about a dozen gunmen who seized the U.N.
February 26, 1998 |
Gunmen loyal to late Georgian leader Zviad Gamsakhurdia surrendered after a weeklong hostage drama, but the immediate whereabouts of the last of the U.N. prisoners was not immediately known. A Georgian official said 20 of the gunmen had given up. The group's leader escaped with two comrades, he said, and the last of the U.N. hostages, Czech Lt. Col. Jaroslav Kulisek, was free, but his immediate whereabouts were not known. A U.N.
October 15, 1999 |
A group of gunmen freed four of seven U.N. workers they had kidnapped in a renegade region of Georgia, but the abductors demanded a higher ransom for releasing the remaining three, officials said. The four U.N. observers--from Germany, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Uruguay--were released a day and a half after being seized in the northwestern region of Abkhazia. Those still held hostage are a translator and observers from Sweden and Greece.
February 21, 1998 |
President Eduard A. Shevardnadze said Friday that gunmen holding four U.N. military observers hostage in the former Soviet republic were also behind a recent assassination attempt against him. The heavily armed gunmen seized the U.N. representatives, their Georgian driver and five civilians on Thursday after shelling the U.N. headquarters in the western Georgian town of Zugdidi. Two women and a child were released Friday.