Commentary of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia Inal Ardzinba

Commentary of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia Inal Ardzinba
31 January 2023 805

The next 57th round of the Geneva International Discussions on Stability and Security in the Transcaucasus (GID), scheduled for February 21-22, 2023, was again canceled by unilateral decisions of the Co-Chairs (EU, UN, OSCE).

This is not the first case in the recent past when the Co-Chairs of the GID make unilateral decisions to cancel or postpone the round without any objective reasons and without agreement with the participants in the negotiation process.

I would like to remind you that in 2022, out of the four meetings scheduled, only one took place. At the beginning of this year, we see a similar pattern, when the Co-Chairs unilaterally decide to postpone the next round.

We presume that such actions by the Co-Chairs are partisan in nature and impede the work of this important international format of negotiations and create additional threats to stability and security in our region.

Taking into account the cancellation of the round of negotiations scheduled for February 2023, the Abkhazian side decided to refuse entry to the territory of the Republic of Abkhazia of the delegation of the Co-Chairs of the Geneva International Discussions, who planned to come on February 8-9 to meet with officials.

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