On May 2, 2018, the Committee of Ministers’ Deputies of the Council of Europe adopted another decision, which reflects the firm support for the territorial integrity of Georgia. The decision also noted that the conflict is between Russia and Georgia. The Council of Europe also positively assessed the new peace initiative of the Georgian government "A Step to a better future."
The adoption of yet another odious resolution by the Council of Europe is only disappointing and regrettable. Again we have to state that the documents adopted by the Council of Europe are extremely biased and politicized. In this context, it should be emphasized that all decisions of the Council of Europe, like other international structures, are taken without the participation of the Abkhaz side, do not reflect the actual situation on the sites, seriously damage the process of establishing a full-scale interstate dialogue between the parties.
The resolution adopted by the Council of Europe contains a crude substitution of concepts, as a result of which there is an attempt to impart a Georgian-Russian context to the conflict between Georgia and Abkhazia. This interpretation of events is absolutely unacceptable.
We would like to remind representatives of the Council of Europe that the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict has deep historical preconditions, the apogee of which was the armed aggression of Georgia against Abkhazia in 1992-1993, aimed at total annihilation of the Abkhazian people.
Unfortunately, the Council of Europe and other international structures try not to recall the tragic events that initiated the open Georgian-Abkhaz confrontation. This approach demonstrates the full engagement of the Council of Europe and can not in any way contribute to the settlement of the relationship between Georgia and Abkhazia.
As for the so-called peace initiatives of Georgia under the name of "A Step to a better future", they can be regarded as another populist move by the Georgian side in order to impress Georgia's western partners.
It is characteristic that the documents adopted by various European structures do not have legal force, are not binding and are rather populist and propagandistic in nature.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia expresses serious concern over the tendentious decisions of the Council of Europe. The Abkhaz side also insists on the need for participation of its representatives in all international venues where issues affecting the interests of the Republic of Abkhazia are considered.
The Commentary of the MFA of the Republic of Abkhazia
8 May 2018