Comment by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia

Comment by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia
15 November 2016 824
On November 10, the first issue of the monthly topical annex «Sabah ABHAZYA» (publishing house «Sabah») with a circulation of 36 thousand copies was published in the Turkish Republic.

Annex of 12 pages describes the cultural, socio-political life of the Republic of Abkhazia, socio-economic situation, tourism sector, activities of the Abkhaz Diaspora in Turkey.

This annex on Abkhazia attracted considerable interest in the Turkish society, with the result that the newspaper was sold out within a few hours. It would seem that what could be wrong with the fact that citizens of one country will learn about the life, traditions and culture of another country?

However, unfortunately, the representatives of Georgia have once again failed to keep their extremely negative emotions in relation to Abkhazia and its people, and came with severe criticism on the Turkish authorities over the publication of materials on Abkhazia in the Turkish press.

It has long become a norm that considerable efforts of the Georgian foreign policy are aimed at restricting the citizens of the Republic of Abkhazia in terms of international, cultural, sports and humanitarian interaction. But this is not enough. Georgian officials angrily resent the facts of publications relating to Abkhazia in the media of a foreign state.

It is significant that the harshest reaction to the publication on Abkhazia among the current Georgian officials was followed by the Minister for Reconciliation and Civil Equality of Georgia Ketevan Tsikhelashvili.

We would like to remind that Ms. Tsikhelashvili represented the interests of Georgia in the second working group on humanitarian issues at the International Geneva Discussions, where she in her habitual emotional manner tried to accuse the Abkhaz side of human rights violations in the Gal district of Abkhazia. At the same time Ketevan Tsikhelashvili forgets to mention the discriminatory policiy of Georgia aimed at the gross violation of human rights of citizens of Abkhazia.

Given the lack of direct levers of influence on the Georgian side, completely amorphous reaction from the international community, including from the Co-Chairs of the Geneva Discussions on the ongoing attempts of Georgia aimed at isolating Abkhazia and its citizens from international cooperation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia intends to raise the question about the incident at the forthcoming round of the Geneva discussions and address the Co-Chairs with a request to give an objective assessment of Georgia's discriminatory policy towards Abkhazia, as well as to take necessary measures to influence the Georgian side from the side of international mediators to prevent such practices in the future.

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