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February 17th 2002 · Associated Press · PRINTER FRIENDLY FORMAT · E-MAIL THIS

Foreign Minister: bin Laden could be in Caucasus

PARIS - Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said Friday he has not ruled out the possibility that Osama bin Laden could be hiding in the northern Caucasus, in an area reputed to be a gathering point for Chechen rebels.

"Where is bin Laden?" Ivanov asked at a news conference. "Some rule out the possibility that he is in the northern Caucasus. Maybe that seems sensational to some, but why not?

"We have other information that militants that we know that have fled Afghanistan ... that there were Chechens, Arab mercenaries who sought a place to flee to. Some are in Georgia in the Pankisi Gorge..."

The gorge is an area of Georgia that borders Chechnya and is reputedly home to Chechen rebels.

In response to Ivanov's comments, a spokeswoman for Georgia's Security Ministry, Vika Chubinidze, said: "There are no grounds to consider that bin Laden may be in the Pankisi Gorge."

Ivanov's remarks came at a news conference with his French counterpart, Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine, in response to a general question about Chechnya.

The two also discussed Iraq and the Middle East conflict in their meeting.

U.S. officials have become increasingly concerned that parts of Georgia may become a haven for terrorists. U.S. charge d'affaires Philip Remler told a Georgian newspaper that several dozen terrorists from Afghanistan are now operating in the region, and some are staying in the Pankisi Gorge.

Georgian Security Minister Valery Khaburdzania also acknowledged recently that some Arabs and Afghans who have fought in Chechnya might still be hiding in the region. /The Associated Press/

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