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USSR / Georgia Violence / United States Recognition #132847

ABC Evening News for Monday, Dec 23, 1991
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(Studio: Carole Simpson) Map shown of the republic of Georgia, which has refused to join the new commonwealth.

(Moscow: John Donvan) Power struggle between two Georgian factions claiming to be the reformers featured; scenes shown of actual fighting in Tbilisi, Georgia, that has trapped President Zviad Gamsakhurdia inside the capital. [USA-Canada Institution Viktor KREMENYUK - says there is no one who can mediate.] Meeting of Russian President Boris Yeltsin and President Mikhail Gorbachev to discuss the transference of power, including the control of nuclear weapons, noted.

(Studio: Carole Simpson) Report introduced.

(White House: Brit Hume) Decision by President Bush to formally abandon Gorbachev and recognize Russia featured; map shown of the republics that will receive diplomatic recognition: Russia, Ukraine, Byelorussia, Kazakhstan, Kirghizia and Armenia. [On way to his helicopter, BUSH - says he talked to Yeltsin.] Fighting in Georgia shown. Background to and criticism of the timing of the administration's decision noted.

Donvan, John;
Hume, Brit;
Simpson, Carole

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