Commentary of the Abkhazian Foreign Ministry on the statement of the Georgian Minister for Reconciliation and Civil Equality

Commentary of the Abkhazian Foreign Ministry on the statement of the Georgian Minister for Reconciliation and Civil Equality
23 December 2020 2

Thea Akhvlediani, the Georgian Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality suggested "expanding the platform of informal dialogue and cooperation with the Abkhaz and Ossetian communities, which would be based on common interests." According to her, Georgia has not stopped this dialogue in order to improve the legal and humanitarian situation of the population, including in the conditions of the coronavirus pandemic. Such a process, she believes, will be continued and become even more intense.

As is evident from this statement of the Georgian "reconciliation" official, Georgia's approach to the Republic of Abkhazia remains unchanged. Tbilisi perceives Abkhazia solely as a "community," a "de facto regime," "occupied territory" and so on. It follows that the dialogue between Abkhazia and Georgia in the view of the Georgian minister can only be informal.

However, this approach, no matter how much Tbilisi expands the "platform of dialogue", cannot lead to anything constructive. The Republic of Abkhazia does not intend to conduct this kind of dialogue with Georgia, and the very idea of such a dialogue should be recognized as completely unrealistic.

We can talk about the possibility of negotiations between Abkhazia and Georgia only if Tbilisi radically changes its course with respect to the Republic of Abkhazia, begins to negotiate a document on the non-use of force between Abkhazia and Georgia within the framework of the Geneva discussions and abandons its policy of international isolation of our country. Only after that the conditions for the normalization of relations between the two states can be formed.

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