Georgia diplomat: peace talks with Russia at risk

AP News
Posted: Jun 07, 2011 12:42 PM
Georgia diplomat: peace talks with Russia at risk

A senior Georgian diplomat says long-running talks with Moscow to resolve issues from the two countries' conflict in 2008 risk collapse because of alleged Russia-backed terror attempts.

The chairman of Georgia's National Security Council, Giorgi Bokeria, says the arrest June 2 of a man and woman planing to detonate explosives at a Georgian market shows Russia is trying to destabilize the country.

Bokeria says Georgia has evidence the pair were sponsored by Russian security agents.

European Union negotiator Pierre Morel said Tuesday after a 16th round of EU-brokered talks in Geneva that recent incident were "alarming." He warned tensions over the breakaway Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia could escalate.

Russian officials failed to show for a planned news conference.