Berlin denies Shevardnadze 'arrival'

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24 November 2003 , BADEN BADEN - German authorities Monday denied former Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze had arrived in the country on board a private jet. It followed television reports that he was aboard a Lear jet which landed at a regional airport near Baden Baden. German press reports have said Shevardnadze has bought a luxury villa near the spa resort. But a spokesman for the federal border protection authority BGS said Shevardnadze was not on the plane. Spokesman Helmut Mutter told Deutsche P

24 November 2003

BADEN BADEN - German authorities Monday denied former Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze had arrived in the country on board a private jet.

It followed television reports that he was aboard a Lear jet which landed at a regional airport near Baden Baden. German press reports have said Shevardnadze has bought a luxury villa near the spa resort.

But a spokesman for the federal border protection authority BGS said Shevardnadze was not on the plane.

Spokesman Helmut Mutter told Deutsche Presse-Agentur, dpa the private plane from Moscow "carried businessmen but not Shevardnadze".

German news channels had quoted federal border guards as saying Shevardnadze was on the plane which landed shortly before 1 pm. (1200 GMT).

In Tbilisi, Georgian security sources said Shevardnadze remained at his residence in the Georgian capital.

There has been widespread speculation that the former Georgian leader would be seeking exile in Germany.

According to Bild newspaper, Shevardnadze has bought a EUR11 million villa on a 30,000-square-metre hilltop estate from the widow of the late electronics tycoon Max Grundig.

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's spokesman said late Sunday Shevardnadze would be welcome in Germany in view of his help as former Soviet foreign minister in bringing about German unification.

Hans-Dietrich Genscher, the former German foreign minister, Monday welcomed the government's stance, saying Germany remained grateful to Shevardnadze.

"Whatever has happened in Georgia, Shevardnadze's historical contribution to the overcoming of the division of Germany and Europe remains," he told dpa in Bonn.

DPA
Subject: German news

 

 



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