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Fears grow over Caucasus selective abortions of girls

19 December 2011 Last updated at 15:58 GMT

Across South Caucasus countries, many parents-to-be prefer male children and baby girls come as a disappointment.

In Armenia, for example, more than 1,000 women had selective abortions of female foetuses each year over the past five years, according to a survey by the United Nations Population Fund.

The trend has sparked warnings of a future gender imbalance in the region, which would make it harder for men to find partners.

Nina Akhmeteli reports.