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Abkhaz Future Free of Georgian Domination

Posted by Kris Roman on June 2, 2009

By Yanal Kazan

themoscowtimes

Abkhazia must chart a course for tomorrow and beyond. A 21st-century Abkhaz state must be prepared for the challenges and opportunities that lie before it.

It is essential that all Abkhaz at home and in the diaspora chart a course in rebuilding their homeland. They must transform their resources into an economic engine that creates jobs and wealth for their people. The diaspora, which has been living in exile for the entire 20th century, must play a significant role in transforming their society and contribute in building the new Abkhaz nation.

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Abkhazia doubts EU observers’ ability to ensure security

Posted by Kris Roman on October 27, 2008

 

Abkhazia doubts the ability of EU observers in Georgia to play a constructive role in preventing further conflict, Abkhazia’s foreign minister said in a letter to the UN Security Council president Monday.

“The replacement of the CIS Collective Forces in the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict zone with European Union observers will not resolve the security problems in the region,” Sergei Shamba told Zhang Yesui in the letter.

Shamba also informed Yesui of alleged Georgian acts of sabotage in Abkhazia and called on the UN Security Council to give an assessment of the situation. He said in August-October at least 14 acts of sabotage were committed in the Gali Region in Abkhazia, resulting in five dead and three wounded.

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Abkhazia attends Union State parliamentary session

Posted by Kris Roman on October 16, 2008

 

Abkhazian parliamentarians took part as observers during a session of the parliamentary assembly of the Russia-Belarus Union State of Russia in Moscow on Thursday, a parliamentary source said.

The Russia-Belarus Union State is a supranational entity consisting of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus. It was formed in 1996 “with the intention of providing greater political, economic, and social integration.”

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Abkhazia thanks Russia on Independence Day

Posted by Kris Roman on September 30, 2008

 

Abkhazia thanked Russia on Tuesday for the economic and political support it has provided since a separatist war with Georgia 15 years ago.

Abkhazia celebrated Independence Day, its first since Russia recognized the Black Sea province and the other Georgian rebel region, South Ossetia, as sovereign states late last month.

Speaking at a reception attended by delegations from Russia’s neighboring southern regions, as well as Russian Foreign Ministry officials and lawmakers, Abkhazian leader Sergei Bagapsh said: “For the peoples of the Caucasus, Russia is the main guarantor of security and peace.”

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Russia woos Georgian territory with jobs, tourists

Posted by Kris Roman on September 29, 2008

Moscow is offering Abkhazia a set of economic benefits, on top of a security guarantee

Shaun Walker
Christian Science Monitor

At Psou, a town on the border between Russia and Abkhazia, elderly women wheel trolleys of vegetables and household goods from Russia to sell in Abkhazia. A few Russian tourists – incongruous in their bright clothes and bikinis – bob between the shuttle traders, headed for sunny holidays amid the palm trees on Abkhazia’s Black Sea coast.

Officials in Sukhumi, the capital of the breakaway Georgian region that has functioned as an independent state since 1993, are expecting an economic boom over the next few years that will reduce the number of those dependent on shuttle trading to make ends meet and boost the number of tourists exponentially.

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Abkhazia to host two Russian military bases – Bagapsh

Posted by Kris Roman on September 23, 2008

 

Abkhaz President Sergei Bagapsh confirmed Tuesday that two Russian military bases are to be stationed in the republic, recognized as an independent state by Moscow on August 26.

He said the bases would be located in the towns of Gudauta and Ochamchira, in the west and east of the republic, respectively.

Bagapsh said a military airport would be reopened in Gudauta. “New housing and an appropriate infrastructure will also be built for the families of Russian servicemen,” he told a press conference.

The Abkhaz leader also said a seaport would also be restored in Ochamchira. “Taking into account that, after everything, Georgia will still in the near future join NATO, Abkhazia should do everything necessary to strengthen state security,” Bagapsh said.

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Russia signs cooperation treaties with Abkhazia, South Ossetia

Posted by Kris Roman on September 17, 2008

 

RIA Novosti

Russia signed friendship and cooperation treaties with South Ossetia and Abkhazia on Wednesday, promising them military and economic support.

Russia recognized the breakaway Georgian regions as independent states last month after a brief armed conflict with Georgia, which attacked South Ossetia on August 8.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the documents with Abkhazian President Sergei Bagapsh and South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity in the Kremlin.

Medvedev said after the signing ceremony that Russia will not permit any new Georgian acts of aggression against Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and is ready to intervene militarily.

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15-09-2008 – Double protest big succes !

Posted by Kris Roman on September 16, 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
A lot of European flags.

“US, go home !”, a very clear message.

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Nicaragua salutes new states in Caucasus

Posted by Kris Roman on September 9, 2008

The Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has officially recognised the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. It means the Central American country is the first country after Russia to formally regard the two republics as autonomous states.
Nicaragua gives “full recognition” to the “sister” republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as “new members of the community of independent nations of the world, whom we welcome,” Nicaragua’s Foreign Ministry quoted the presidential decree.

The president first expressed his support for Moscow’s stance earlier this week. Now the decree has been signed, Nicaragua’s Foreign Ministry said the country would immediately establish ties with Sukhum and Tskhinval and eventually send ambassadors.

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Belarus says to recognize Abkhazia, S. Ossetia by weekend

Posted by Kris Roman on August 29, 2008

European Friends of Belarus
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The Belarusian ambassador to Moscow said Thursday that Belarus would in the next day or two recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

“We are allies and this says it all,” Vasily Dolgolev said of Minsk’s relations with Moscow. He added that the relevant announcement would be made by President Alexander Lukashenko on Thursday or Friday.

Russia recognized the two separatist Georgian republics’ sovereignty Tuesday, but despite President Dmitry Medvedev’s call for other countries to follow suit, none has.

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Rebel Georgian regions celebrate their recognition by Russia

Posted by Kris Roman on August 28, 2008

Hundreds of people poured onto the streets of Abkhazia and South Ossetia on Tuesday night, celebrating Russia’s recognition of their independence.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed decrees on Tuesday recognizing Georgia’s breakaway republics as independent states, despite warnings by Western leaders not to do so.

Upon hearing the news, people spontaneously gathered in the capitals of both republics. They shot in the air, waved their respective flags alongside Russian flags, beeped car horns, and shouted “Recognized! Recognized!”

The residents of Tskhinvali and Sukhumi hugged and congratulated each other, chanting “We’re free!” Fireworks were also let off.

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Russia to support Abkhazia, S.Ossetia if they are attacked

Posted by Kris Roman on August 28, 2008

Russia will defend Abkhazia and South Ossetia with all necessary support if they come under attack, President Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday.

“Under the decree recognizing independence of both republics, which I have signed, our country will help Abkhazia and South Ossetia to ensure their security and if they are attacked we will certainly offer them appropriate support,” Medvedev told CNN.

Russia’s president signed decrees earlier on Tuesday recognizing Georgia’s breakaway South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states and called on other countries to follow suit.

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Abkhazia looks to seal diplomatic ties with Russia within week

Posted by Kris Roman on August 28, 2008

Abkhazia plans to sign a treaty establishing diplomatic relations with Russia within a week, the foreign minister of the Georgian breakaway region now recognized by Moscow said on Thursday.

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