Abkhazia calls on UN over Kodori Gorge incident
( RIA Novosti ) - Abkhazia's Foreign Ministry has called on the UN Secretary General to bring to justice those it says are responsible for the deaths of two Abkhazian soldiers on September 21.
Abkhazia's Foreign Minister Sergei Shamba also called upon the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to take all necessary measures to gain the unconditional release of a number of soldiers he says were taken hostage in an incident at the Kodori Gorge.
According to Russia's Foreign Ministry, on September 21 a Georgian special forces unit crossed the border into Abkhazia and attacked servicemen at a military base belonging to the anti-terrorist center of the Abkhazian Interior Ministry.
The Abkhazian Defense Ministry earlier said two soldiers were killed, at least four wounded and several servicemen abducted as a result of the Georgian raid.
Sergei Shamba called the incident "another provocation," which had destabilized the region and undermined the UN Mission.
However, Georgia claims that a raiding party from Abkhazia attacked Georgian guards protecting a road being built in the Kodori Gorge, which lies in upper Abkhazia on the de facto border between Georgia and the breakaway republic.
Georgia's Rustavi-2 TV reported Friday that the six Abkhazian saboteurs detained in the incident had admitted that they had planned to blow up a road in the gorge.
There have been frequent and mutual accusations of ceasefire violations from both Abkhazia and Georgia, whose President Mikheil Saakashvili has vowed to regain control of the region. Peace talks broke off when Tbilisi sent troops into Kodori Gorge in July and established an alternative Abkhaz administration there.
Georgia's self-proclaimed republic Abkhazia declared independence from Georgia following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, sparking a bloody conflict in the region.
Russia mediated ceasefire agreements between the sides, and Russian peacekeepers have been deployed in the conflict zone ever since.