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OSCE calls for investigation into shooting

ATHENS, Greece, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- The head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has called for an investigation into the fatal shooting of a Georgian police officer.

A Georgian police officer was killed Friday after being shot in the village of Knolevi near the breakaway region of South Ossetia. Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis, OSCE chairperson-in-office, warned the shooting threatens the fragile security of the entire region, the OSCE reported.

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Bakoyannis, who recently said the situation in Georgia will be a top priority in 2009, called for a thorough and independent investigation into the killing to bring those responsible to justice.

"I condemn this unacceptable act of violence. I express my deepest condolences to the victim's family," Bakoyannis said in a statement.

"Such acts deliberately aggravate tensions and threaten stability in the region. All parties must understand their responsibility to prevent further violence."

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