Oct 29, 2012

Abkhazia: Georgia’s Position On Abkhazia Will ‘Remain Unchanged’

Maya Panjikidze, the woman who will most likely become Georgia’s next foreign minister, has reaffirmed the new government’s stance against independence for Abkhazia.

Below is an article published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:


The woman expected to become Georgia's next foreign minister says the new government's position on Abkhazia and South Ossetia would "remain unchanged." 

Maya Panjikidze told a parliamentary committee that the "normalization of ties with Russia is one of our priorities."

But she added that "while Russian embassies are operating" in the two breakaway regions, "the reestablishment of diplomatic ties between Tbilisi and Moscow is impossible."

Panjikidze was named as Georgia's new foreign minister by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, whose Georgian Dream coalition won a majority of seats in parliament in elections on October 1 [2012].

Russia recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia after a brief Russian-Georgian war in August 2008.