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Day Two

According to this [1], based on a RIA Novosti report, Abkhazia has entered the fray in the Kodori Gorge [2] area, which is at the old cease-fire line and was the site of the last flare-up of Georgian-Abkhaz tensions two years ago.  The AP confirms [3] Abkhaz involvement.  Foreign Policy‘s blog reports [4] the comments that the Abkhaz foreign minister made to Der Spiegel [5].  Abkhazia’s entry into the war may have been unavoidable, but I think that may mean paradoxically that the conflict will take longer to resolve now that a fourth party has joined.  It should hasten the end of hostilities by dividing Georgian resources, but it could complicate arranging a cease-fire.