Annan urges restraint amid Georgias simmering political tensions

In a statement issued in New York, a spokesman for Mr. Annan said the Secretary-General “has been following with interest and concerns” developments in Georgia since it staged parliamentary elections on 2 November.There have been large public protests in Georgia since the election, which was won by the political party of President Eduard Shevardnadze. According to press reports, many protesters have disputed the result and called for Mr. Shevardnadze to resign.The statement said Mr. Annan hoped that demonstrations “will remain peaceful and that all concerned will exercise maximum restraint.”