Apr 27, 2015

Abkhazia: Georgia Once Again Fails to Recognise Abkhazian Sovereignty

Following negotiations between the President of Belarus and the President of Georgia, a statement was made on 24 April 2015 that heavily implied a claim by Georgia to the state of Abkhazia, thus simply perpetuating a notion of territorial integrity that is grossly outdated and inadequate. 

Below is a statement made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia:

As a result of negotiations held in Tbilisi on April 24, 2015 between the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and the President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili, was signed a joint statement in which, according to the Georgian press, they expressed commitment to respect the sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of frontiers.

Without a doubt, this statement implies a claim of Georgia to the territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as part of its state. In this regard, we have to once again remind our eastern neighbors that the so-called "territorial integrity" of Georgia in the format in which it is seen in Tbilisi, simply does not exist since 1993.

Abkhazia and South Ossetia are independent, sovereign and internationally recognized states having diplomatic relations with various countries of the world. Abkhazia is actively developing its international contacts and gaining new allies and partners. The most striking evidence of the successful implementation of the foreign policy of the Republic of Abkhazia may serve the dynamically developing cooperation with our strategic partner, permanent member of the UN Security Council - the Russian Federation, as well as other states which have recognized the independence of Abkhazia.

It is regrettable that the Georgian leadership, which is still living the stereotypes and remnants of bygone days, tries not only to preserve the myth of the non-existent "territorial integrity" of Georgia, but also to impose it to other countries, in particular, by signing this kind of meaningless and contrary to the existing political realities documents.