Abkhazia: Delegates Discuss Security and Stability of Transcaucasia in Geneva
Members of the Abkhazian Ministry of Foreign Affairs have travelled to Geneva to participate in the XXXIII round of the Geneva international discussions on security and stability in Transcaucasia over the 6-7 of October 2015. The main issues for discussion on the Abkhazian side are the country’s relationship with Georgia and the negative consequences that persistent non-recognition and discriminatory visa procedures have on the local population’s human rights situation.
The below article was published by the Abkhazian Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
On 6-7 October 2015 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva will take place the XXXIII round of the Geneva international discussions on security and stability in Transcaucasia.
The delegation of the Republic of Abkhazia, led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Viacheslav Chirikba, included staff from the Foreign Ministry of Abkhazia: Irakli Tuzhba, Tengiz Tarba, Lasha Avidzba and Lasha Ashuba.
The work will be traditionally held in two groups - on security and humanitarian issues.
The Abkhaz side is going to discuss in the working group on security the problem of the lack of progress in achieving a legally binding agreement on the non-use of force between the Republic of Abkhazia and Georgia, as well as issues of human rights of the residents of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, removal of barriers to their international communication, including the discriminatory visa policy of the European Union.
The group on humanitarian affairs will continue to discuss the process of finding and identifying missing persons during the Georgian-Abkhazian war of 1992-1993, as well as problems associated with the return of cultural property and archives.
Issues relating to "refugees and displaced persons," will not be discussed by the Abkhaz side.
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