Talks in efforts to free Spanish businessmen are being held

President Shevardnadze of Georgia has said that the two Spanish businessmen who were seized by armed men in Tbilisi last week are alive and well. The president, speaking at a news conference, said that his government was doing everything it could to resolve the siutation. He gave no further details. The two men, Jose Antonio Tremino and Francisco Rodriguez, were seized on their way to Tbilisi airport by four men in masks, BBC reports. They were driven away, and the car was later found in the Akhmeta district of eastern Georgia, which is heavily populated by ethnic Chechens. Georgia's deputy Interior Minister, Kakha Bakuradze, is leading negotiations in efforts to free the men.

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