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Georgian PM Expresses Support for Democracy in Ukraine

Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania says he supports democracy in Ukraine and hopes the upcoming Ukrainian presidential election will be free and fair.

Mr. Zhvania, who is currently visiting the United States, made the comment Wednesday in an interview with the Voice of America.

He also expressed satisfaction with his U.S. visit, which began Sunday, and says the United States has a great deal of interest in Georgia.

Mr. Zhvania has met with a number of high-level U.S. officials, including National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice.

He quoted Ms. Rice as saying that Washington recognizes Georgia's territorial integrity in regards to Abkhazia, a pro-Russian enclave in Georgia that has run its own affairs since the early 1990s.

Mr. Zhvania concludes his visit Thursday.