Abkhazia: Return to Talks if Tbilisi Complies with UN Resolution
Parliament leader Nugzar Ashuba said at present the negotiations with Georgia have been temporarily suspended because of the introduction of Georgian troops in the Kodori Gorge.
MOSCOW, October 27 (Itar-Tass) - Abkhazia will return to the negotiating table if Tbilisi complies with the UN Security Council’s resolution, the non-recognised republic’s parliament leader Nugzar Ashuba said.
“Abkhazia has been holding a dialogue with Georgia within the framework of the 1994 Moscow agreement under the guidance of the UN and with assistance from Russia. But at present the negotiations with Georgia have been temporarily suspended because of the introduction of Georgian troops in the Kodori Gorge,” he told a news conference on Friday.
“If Georgia fulfils the resolution of the UN Security Council, we shall return to the negotiating table, but it will be talks not on Abkhazia’s returning to Georgia, but on further relations with Tbilisi. The talks should lead to the establishment of normal, neighbourly relations between Georgia and Abkhazia,” Ashuba said.
On October 13, the Security Council called on Georgia to withdraw its troops for the upper Kodori Gorge and refrains from bellicose rhetoric and provoking actions.
The resolution that was unanimously passed on the basis of a Russian-proposed draft also stressed that a new aggravation of tension between Georgia and Abkhazia resulted from Tbilisi’s special operation in the upper part of the Kodori Gorge in July.
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