Abkhazia: Georgia Prepared to Talk with Abkhazian Leaders
"We already have some specific questions to put to Abkhazia for discussion," Saakashvili said at a news conference on Tuesday evening.
The first thing the Georgian president intends to do is to raise at a meeting with Abkhazian leader Sergei Bagapsha the matter of opening a UN office in the Gala district of Abkhazia.
"U.N. representatives in the Gala district should look after the interests of the Georgians living there. Georgian children ought to be able to study in their native tongue. They should also help create a local police force to protect our citizens," Saakashvili said.
The second question concerns the initiation of refugees' return.
"The refugees should all come back and everywhere, throughout the entire territory of Abkhazia. And it does not matter whether they took part in the 1992-1993 fighting or not. After all, Abkhazians, too, fought in this war," Saakashvili said.
The third question, which the president said would be raised after solving the above-listed problems, is a dialogue on Abkhazia's political status within the unified Georgia.
"We are well informed about the processes under way in Abkhazia. The Abkhazians themselves are perfectly aware that Abkhazia will never be recognized by the international community," the president emphasized.