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Mission to Georgia

The chairman of a key congressional human rights panel will lead an international observer team to monitor Saturday’s presidential elections in Georgia, where political turmoil last year threatened the fragile democracy in the former Soviet republic.

“The world will be watching Georgia, and it is my sincere hope that these elections are conducted in the most free, fair and transparent manner,” said Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, Florida Democrat and chairman of the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Mr. Hastings was selected to head the mission by foreign ministers Miguel Moratinos of Spain, last year’s chairman of the European-based counterpart to the congressional commission, and Ilkka Kanerva of Finland, this year’s chairman.

Call Embassy Row at 202/636-3297, fax 202/832-7278 or e-mail jmorrison @washingtontimes.com.

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