August 12, 2008

Georgian Minister Says Russian Bombers Missed Key Oil Pipeline

The Georgian minister of state for reintegration, Temur Iakobashvili, said on 12 August that Russian aircraft had dropped bombs near the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline.

"They have again tried to bomb the Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline. They dropped shells, but fortunately missed once again. No damage was caused to the oil pipeline. There is no threat to the oil pipeline at present and it operates normally, as before," Iakobashvili said at a news briefing in Tbilisi on 12 August, which was broadcast live by Georgian Public TV.

He did not give the exact time of the attack but said that it took place on a section of the pipeline southeast of Tbilisi, near a large industrial town. "If I am not mistaken, this happened near Rustavi," he said.

Originally published by Channel 1, Tbilisi, in Georgian 1009 12 Aug 08.

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