Abkhazia: Public Urges Russia to Recognize Independence
Representatives of Abkhaz nongovernmental organizations said they would urge Abkhazia parliament and President to start talks with Russia on Abkhazia's recognition as an independent state
SUKHUMI. Oct 15 (Interfax) - Representatives of Abkhaz nongovernmental organizations said they would urge Abkhazia parliament and President Sergei Bagapsh to start talks with Russia on Abkhazia's recognition as an independent state and on establishing long-term relations, based on agreements, with Russia.
The appeal has been negotiated and is to be signed on Monday by the heads and representatives of all nongovernmental, public, religious and political organizations of this breakway region of Georgia.
It says that Russia and Abkhazia must start talks "on the formation of a military-political union, and on the coordination of Abkhazia's foreign, defense and security policies with those of Russia."
The public of Abkhazia has also urged the Russian leadership to recognize Abkhazia as an independent state.
"The Republic of Abkhazia has proved its viability and skills to build and develop a state system, and democratic and civil institutions. Despite this, Abkhazia's independence has not gained international recognition," the appeal says.
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