Abkhazia: Prisoner Release in a Bid From Sukhumi For Peace
The Abkhaz government released a number of Georgian prisoners on September 10th in a goodwill act but Georgia’s refusal to sign a non-aggression treaty remains a key stumbling block to more substantive talks.
Below is an article published by Civil Georgia:
EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, welcomed release of a Georgian prisoner by authorities in breakaway Abkhazia.
In a statement on September 10 she expressed hope that the release “will contribute to an improved atmosphere and the building of confidence between Sukhumi and Tbilisi."
Malkhaz Kordzaia, a Georgian army veteran, who spent 19 months in Abkhaz jail, was released by Sokhumi on September 9, as a result of facilitation by EU’s special representative for South Caucasus Peter Semneby.
To download High Representative Catherine Ashton’s press release, click here.