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October 14, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Six U.N. military observers and their translator were taken hostage as they were delivering aid in Georgia's breakaway territory of Abkhazia. Negotiators were in contact with the abductors, and Interior Minister Kakha Targamadze said on television that "there are special units there which are able to perform the operation of liberating the hostages, but we are doing everything possible to avoid bloodshed." Officials said the kidnappers were seeking $200,000 in ransom.
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October 16, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
After negotiations with Georgian officials, kidnappers on Friday released the last three of seven U.N. workers taken hostage in Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia region, a government spokeswoman said. Interior Minister Kakha Targamadze said the three were freed after officials guaranteed the abductors that special forces would not be sent to capture them. Defense Minister David Tevzadze and presidential envoy Iveri Chelidze were involved in the negotiations. The six U.N.
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October 16, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
After negotiations with Georgian officials, kidnappers on Friday released the last three of seven U.N. workers taken hostage in Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia region, a government spokeswoman said. Interior Minister Kakha Targamadze said the three were freed after officials guaranteed the abductors that special forces would not be sent to capture them. Defense Minister David Tevzadze and presidential envoy Iveri Chelidze were involved in the negotiations. The six U.N.
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October 15, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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February 23, 1998 | From Reuters
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.
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February 26, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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October 15, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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February 21, 1998 | From Associated Press
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.
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October 14, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Six U.N. military observers and their translator were taken hostage as they were delivering aid in Georgia's breakaway territory of Abkhazia. Negotiators were in contact with the abductors, and Interior Minister Kakha Targamadze said on television that "there are special units there which are able to perform the operation of liberating the hostages, but we are doing everything possible to avoid bloodshed." Officials said the kidnappers were seeking $200,000 in ransom.
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February 26, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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February 23, 1998 | From Reuters
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.
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February 21, 1998 | From Associated Press
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.
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