Uncle reaches NJ girls stuck in Georgia

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - August 15, 2008 U.S. Rep. Chris Smith says Beso Tsutskiridze had arrived at his parents' house in the western village of Chiatura.

Smith says the uncle took a plane to Armenia earlier this week and then crossed the border into Georgia with a CNN news crew. The 28-year-old former member of the Georgian military made his way to Chiatura on foot after a Russian checkpoint turned back his car.

Smith said 7-year-old Ashley and 3-year-old Sophia Evans will stay put for now.

The girls were visiting their grandparents when Russian troops invaded Georgia last week. Russian checkpoints have blocked their paths to escape.

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