Nov 14, 2011

Abkhazia: No International Monitoring Organizations In Abkhazia

Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia regarding the Russia-Georgia WTO agreements.


Below is an article published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abkhazia

In connection with the negotiation process between Russia and Georgia on Russia's accession to the WTO, public and political organizations of the Republic issued a statement expressing concern about possible negative consequences of these arrangements for national sovereignty of our Abkhazia. What’s more, this issue is of concern for the whole Abkhaz society.

Country's leadership treats this situation with understanding and respect. The Abkhaz side has officially expressed its position regarding possible monitoring of transported freight across the Russian-Abkhaz border. It lies in the fact that the Republic of Abkhazia will not allow international monitoring organizations on its territory. This position will remain unchanged.

Not being a party to the negotiations between Russia and Georgia on Russia's accession to the WTO, Abkhazia, however, held consultations with Russian partners on this issue. We can state that, when agreeing to an international audit of its own territory, the Russian Federation in no way questioned the sovereignty of the Republic of Abkhazia and the Act of Recognition of independence of the Abkhazian state.

However, the Government of the Republic of Abkhazia is confident that there will be no restriction or inconvenience for normal functioning of Abkhaz cross-border business.

These issues are regularly discussed with our Russian colleagues at diplomatic level.

Information was reported by Information Department of the President of the Republic of Abkhazia.