From: MSN NicknameEagle_wng (Original Message) Sent: 8/24/2005 3:29 AM Abkhaz Leader Continues To Court Russia 22.08.2005 - 00:00:39
´´As a Western-educated man and a great democrat -- as he is called in Georgia -- Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has a unique opportunity to recognize Abkhazia´s independence.´´ -- Abkhaz President Sergei Bagapsh
The President of Republic of Abkhazia vowed yesterday to strengthen economic ties with Moscow and bring republican legislation in line with that of Russia.
But at the same time, he said he remained hopeful progress could be made toward finding a peaceful solution to Abkhazia´s 13-year conflict with Georgia.
Addressing reporters at the Moscow headquarters of Russia´s Interfax news agency yesterday, Abkhaz President Sergei Bagapsh reiterated his intention to bring his republic closer to Russia.
He suggested the moves are logical ´´because Russia today is Abkhazia´s main economic partner, because the ... >>full artcle...
From: MSN NicknameEagle_wng (Original Message) Sent: 8/24/2005 3:20 AM ABKHAZ LEADER REAFFIRMS READINESS FOR DIALOGUE WITH GEORGIA 19.08.2005 - 00:09:00
Sergei Bagapsh, President of the Republic of Abkhazia, told journalists in Moscow on 17 August that Abkhazia wants to continue ´´peaceful dialogue´´ with Georgia, and that...
Sergei Bagapsh, President of the Republic of Abkhazia, told journalists in Moscow on 17 August that Abkhazia wants to continue ´´peaceful dialogue´´ with Georgia, and that even though the negotiating process is ´´fragile,´´ he hopes to sign an agreement on security issues, meaning a renewed commitment by the two sides to the nonresumption of hostilities.
At the same time, Bagapsh said that he sees no point in meeting at this juncture with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.
Bagapsh said consultations on Abkhazia´s associate membership in the Russian Federation are continuing, and the republic is bringing its ... >>full artcle...
From: MSN NicknameEagle_wng (Original Message) Sent: 8/24/2005 3:27 AM Abkhaz Leader Says Region Moving Closer To Russia 20.08.2005 - 00:30:38
The leader of Republic of Abkhazia, Sergei Bagapsh, said that his region continues to seek associate membership of the Russian Federation...
Addressing reporters in Moscow, Bagapsh also said that Abkhazia will continue to bring its legislation into line with that of Russia and that within a year all Abkhaz will hold Russian citizenship.
He said that more than 80 percent of Abkhaz already hold Russian passports.
´´Abkhazia´s movement toward associated membership of the Russian Federation continues,´´ Bagapsh said.
´´Consultations about this are taking place. To achieve this goal, we agreed about our pre-election programs, and we continue to work on it today -- we are synchronizing the legislation of our republic with that of the Russian Federation.´´
From: MSN NicknameEagle_wng (Original Message) Sent: 8/16/2005 4:00 AM CAN INITIAL MOVES TOWARDS ABKHAZ-GEORGIAN RAPPROCHEMENT BE SUSTAINED? 16.08.2005 - 00:32:03
The Tiflis office of the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) is encouraged by the constructive atmosphere at the 4 August UN-mediated talks between Abkhaz and Georgian delegations and at a 10 August meeting in Sukhum...
The Tiflis office of the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) is encouraged by the constructive atmosphere at the 4 August UN-mediated talks between Abkhaz and Georgian delegations and at a 10 August meeting in Sukhum between top Abkhaz leaders and the diplomatic representatives in Tbilisi of the five member states of the Friends of the UN Secretary-General for Georgia group, an UNOMIG spokeswoman told RFE/RL on 11 August.
But the spat earlier this week over plans to resume rail traffic between Russia and ... >>full artcle...
From: MSN NicknameEagle_wng (Original Message) Sent: 8/16/2005 9:03 AM Sending Troops to Abkhazia was a Mistake 16.08.2005 - 00:54:59
Georgian Presidential representative for Abkhaz conflict issues Irakli Alasania, said on August 14 that the Georgian government´s decision to send troops to Abkhazia in 1992 was a mistake which led to a huge tragedy...
´´This day should be a reminder for each statesman and political decision-maker that such a mistake can lead to tragedy.
I will never hesitate to say that initiating war in Abkhazia was a big mistake,´´ Irakli Alasania stated.
The Georgian government dispatched troops to the Abkhaz Autonomous Republic in 1992 under the pretext of protecting the Abkhaz section of the Russian-Georgian railway.
Georgian troops were forced to withdraw from Abkhazia in September 1993.
Reportedly, more than 12,000 people died during the 13-month long armed conflict.
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