The tension that marks Tbilisi's interactions with Abkhazia and South Ossetia -- as well as with Russia, the main backer of the renegade regions -- shows no signs of abating in the near future. On December 1, for example, Georgia accused South Ossetian forces of violating a November demilitarization accord by holding military maneuvers. [For background see the Eurasia Insight archive]. South Ossetian leaders insisted that the maneuvers never took place. At the same time, Georgian officials are closely monitoring events in Abkhazia, where rival factions are battling for power. [For background see the Eurasia Insight archive].
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