Monday, April 20, 2009

NEWS: Parties Near Talks in Georgia. Opposition Leader Offers to Negotiate With the President. (


TBILISI, Georgia -- President Mikheil Saakashvili and some of his political opponents appear to be nearing the negotiating table, as demonstrations calling for his resignation thin and the European Union's special envoy to the region calls for reconciliation.
Supporters of a coalition of opposition parties have been camping outside Parliament, marching and blocking roads for over a week, accusing Mr. Saakashvili of authoritarianism and recklessly dragging the country into last August's war with Russia. But since the beginning of this week, crowds have dwindled to fewer than 5,000, according to independent estimates, down from around 60,000 on April 9, the first day of the protest.

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