Top-level talks aimed at easing the increasing political instability in Georgia have broken up inconclusively. President Mikheil Saakashvili met opposition leaders after weeks of popular protests against his rule. The President has come under increasing pressure since last summer’s resounding military defeat by Russia and the loss of rebel South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Opponents accuse him of being a dictator in the pay of the West.The fallout from last summer’s war has included a failed army mutiny and general dissatisfaction with Saakashvili’s desire to join NATO. Neither side is expecting an early solution.
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