Georgia will cooperate on Sochi Olympics security

May 25, 2013 at 10:48 AM
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TIBLISI, Georgia, May 25 (UPI) -- The prime minister of Georgia said his country is willing to "provide maximum assistance" with security during the 2014 Winter Olympics in neighboring Russia.

Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili told reporters Friday Georgia would do its part to ensure the safety of the games, which will be held in the resort city of Sochi, a few miles from the border between Russia and the disputed territory of Abkhazia.

"The Georgian side will provide maximum assistance; we should ensure that no incident takes place during the Olympics," Ivanishvili said.

Georgia and Russia have been at odds over the status of Abkhazia, and fought a brief war over the territory in 2008. Russia's RIA Novosti news agency said Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili had urged a boycott of the Sochi games, but the rhetoric cooled after his party lost in last October's parliamentary elections.

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