Commentary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia

Commentary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia
29 September 2018 169
M. Bakhtadze, speaking at the 73-rd session of the UN General Assembly, Georgian Prime Minister
addressed to the “residents of Abkhazia and South Ossetia,” saying that the future of Georgia is with the
republics. “We see our future only with you. You should be able to use all the benefits that Georgian
citizens have,” said M. Bakhtadze.

The international community once again had to listen to the hackneyed hypocritical appeals of the
representatives of Georgia to the “brothers” with whom Tbilisi intends to build a common future and
which Georgia is going to give some mythical benefits.

Once again, the Georgian leaders, using international tribunes, are engaged in self-deception, trying to
convince the audience and themselves to the possibility of some kind of “common future” of Georgia
and Abkhazia. At the same time, they stubbornly fail to notice that their “fellow citizens” for the past 25
years have been citizens of a sovereign state, the Republic of Abkhazia, to which Georgia has nothing to
do.

If we leave aside the rhetoric and turn to the facts, it will become obvious that in practice Georgia’s
attitude to the “brothers” is reflected in the ongoing policy of international isolation of Abkhaz citizens,
in violation of basic humanitarian rights and creation of artificial barriers to movement.

It is on this side of Tbilisi’s activities that international mediators as well as representatives of
international organizations, should pay close attention and draw the necessary conclusions.

Whereas in Georgia they should stop indulging in illusions, believing that with the help of dubious peace
initiatives, a renewed Georgian SSR may be created. It is necessary to clearly realize that history cannot
be reversed, and to start building its policy with respect to the Republic of Abkhazia based on the
existing political realities.

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