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Aug 18, 2017

Abkhazia: Humanitarian Aid Provided to Syria

  The article below was published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia:   At the initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia and the Committee for Repatriation 12 tons of bottled drinking water of the highest category was sent to the Syrian Arab Republic as humanitarian aid on 9 August. The transportation of water takes place with the assistance...

Aug 18, 2017

Abkhazia: Humanitarian Aid Provided to Syria

Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia   As humanitarian aid, twelve tons of bottled drinking water were recently sent to the Syrian Arab Republic at the initiative of the...

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Jun 23, 2017

Abkhazia: Georgia Maintains Aggressive Stance...

  Below is an article published by Eurasiareview.com:   The latest round of consultations co-chaired by the UN, the OSCE and the EU was held as part of international discussions on Transcaucasia...

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May 31, 2017

Abkhazia: Cooperation Agreement with Russia Aims...

Below is an article published by APSNYPRESS The agreement between Abkhazia and Russia "On the procedure for the formation and operation of the Joint Information and Coordination Center of Internal Affairs...

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May 18, 2017

Abkhazia: Chamber of Commerce Launches Cooperation...

  Below is an article published by Apsnypress:   Sukhum. May 11. Apsnypress. Madina Chagava. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Abkhazia and the Circassian Association in Lebanon signed...

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May 02, 2017

Abkhazia: Chapter of Abkhazian Chamber of Commerce...

  This article has been published by TASS: "The inauguration of the Abkhazian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) took place on April 29 [2017] in a regional office of the Confederation of Italian...

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Apr 07, 2017

Abkhazia: Burgeoning Wine Industry Boosts Local...

  The article below was published by the Financial Times: The flight from Moscow to Sochi, host to the 2014 Winter Olympics, takes about two and a half hours. Due south from Russia’s capital,...

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Mar 13, 2017

Abkhazia: Satisfying Voter Turnout on Elections...

  Below is an article by Tass:  SUKHUM, March 12. /TASS/. Parliamentary elections in Abkhazia have been recognized as valid as the voter turnout has exceeded 38%, a member of the republic’s...

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Mar 01, 2017

EU Sets Human Rights Priorities for 2017

This year, the Council of the EU promises to engage in facilitating the participation of indigenous peoples’ representatives in meetings of relevant UN bodies. This certainly underpins the work that...

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Feb 17, 2017

Abkhazia: Roundtable With Member of German Bundestag...

Below is an article published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia: On February 15 [2017] at the Permanent Representative office of the Republic of Abkhazia in Germany was held a round table...

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Feb 06, 2017

Abkhazia: EU Visa Free Travel Denounced as Georgian...

Below is an article published by the Eurasia Review: De facto Abkhaz and South Ossetian Foreign Ministries commented on February 2 [2017] and February 3 [2017], respectively, on the statements of Georgian...

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Jan 19, 2017

Abkhazia: Foreign Minister Congratulates New Foreign...

Below an article published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia: The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia Daur Kove sent a congratulatory note to Denis Ronaldo Moncada Colindres...

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Jan 05, 2017

Abkhazia: Foreign Ministry Expresses Condolences...

Below an article published by the Abkhaz Foreign Ministry: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia sent a note of condolence to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Iraq...

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Nov 30, 2016

Abkhazia: New Foreign Minister Meets Russian ...

  The following article was published by Eurasia Review:  Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held talks with new Abkhaz Foreign Minister Daur Kove on November 3 [2016], who paid the first...

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Oct 28, 2016

Abkhazia: New Foreign Minister Congratulates António...

Below an article published by The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia: The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia Daur Kove congratulated António Guterres on his appointment...

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Oct 17, 2016

Abkhazia: Leading Diplomat Pushes to Settle Conflict...

The article below is courtesy of Abkhaz World Former Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for the settlement of the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict, and now a professor at the University of...

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Oct 14, 2016

Abkhazia: “Melancholic Tourism” Attracts over...

  Below is an article published by the New York Times: A promenade outside the 240-room Amra International in Gagra, Georgia. After a long slump, the colonnaded property is enjoying something...

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May 27, 2016

Abkhazia: Conifa 2016 World Football Cup to Kick...

  Below  is an article published by Radio Free Europe: It was a major public holiday, but the de facto prime minister of breakaway Abkhazia was huddled in meetings out at the city's new stadium,...

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May 26, 2016

UNPO Signs Memorandum of Understanding with the...

The International Fund Apsny is a public, social-oriented, non-governmental organization established by a group of like-minded people who are well-known in Abkhazia for their activity on the social and...

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Mar 14, 2016

Abkhazia: Geneva Meetings to Discuss Security...

  Below is an article published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia:   On March 4 was held a meeting of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Viacheslav Chirikba with...

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Feb 16, 2016

Abkhazia: Sukhum to Host Football World Cup of...

  Below is an article published by Fusion: The twelve teams that will participate in this year’s World Cup are already set. Now, you might be asking yourself: “This year’s World...

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Jan 12, 2016

Abkhazia: Recognition Key to Economic Success

Below is an article published by Russia Beyond the Headlines: If Georgia recognizes Abkhazia's independence and the two republics establish proper inter-state relations, the entire Caucasus region will...

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Nov 18, 2015

Abkhazia: Foreign Affairs Ministry Sends Condolences...

Read the full condolence note, published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia, below: Due to the unprecedented terrorist attack on Paris, which killed civilians, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs...

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Oct 29, 2015

Abkhazia: Athletes Prevented from Participating...

Below is a press release from the Abkhazian Ministry of Foreign Affairs:   As is known, from 21 to 23 October Yerevan hosted the International freestyle wrestling tournament dedicated to the memory...

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Oct 07, 2015

Abkhazia: Delegates Discuss Security and Stability...

  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...

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Sep 24, 2015

Abkhazia: Chamber of Commerce Participates in...

"Our work continues. There were some difficulties, but they are behind now. Today is the next phase of the work", - said opening the press conference, Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Chirikba. The minister...

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Sep 18, 2015

Abkhazia: Sixth Anniversary of Venezuelan Rec...

Below is an article from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia:   The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia V. Chirikba sent a note to the Minister of Foreign...

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Jul 31, 2015

Abkhazia: Closer Economic Ties to Russia with...

On July 22, 2015, Deputy Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region Yevgeny Lyulin had a meeting with a delegation of the Republic of Abkhazia headed by Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Vladimir Daurov. During...

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Jul 07, 2015

Abkhazia: Leaders Condemn Georgia’s UN Resolution...

Below is an article published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia    The UN General Assembly has adopted the draft resolution on refugees and displaced persons from...

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Jun 17, 2015

Abkhazia: Deliberate Refusal of Schengen Visa...

Below is an article by Abkhaz World In connection with the refusal to grant the National football team of Abkhazia Schengen visas to attend the football championship «ConIFA», Abkhazian Foreign...

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Jun 12, 2015

Abkhazia: UN Resolution Displays Propaganda W...

  On June 3, 2015 the UN General Assembly held a voting on the resolution submitted by Georgia on the status of internally displaced persons and refugees from Abkhazia and South Ossetia during the 69th...

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Apr 27, 2015

Abkhazia: Georgia Once Again Fails to Recognise...

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,...

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Mar 27, 2015

Abkhazia: Peace in Syria and the Region Vital...

Below is an article published by Sputnik News In an interview with Sputnik on Thursday, Abkhazian Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Chirikba noted that as a country in the south Caucasus located close to the...

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Feb 11, 2015

Abkhazia: Foreign Minister Receives EU Special...

Below is an article published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia: On February 3, the Foreign Minister received the Special Representative of the European Union for the South...

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Jan 21, 2015

Abkhazia: Devaluation of the Russian Ruble Can...

  Below is a report published by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting: Some economists say that being so tightly tied into the Russian economy could actually mitigate some of the worst effects. Abkhazia...

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Dec 18, 2014

New Russian-Abkhaz Treaty on ‘Alliance and Strategic...

  Below is an article published by the Abkhaz World:  The interview with Thomas de Waal was prepared specially for Caucasus Times by Sergey Markedonov, political scientist, candidate of historical...

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Dec 09, 2014

Abkhazia: Foreign Minister Discusses Newly Signed...

Below is an article published by Abkhaz World; Interview with Foreign Minister Viacheslav Chirikba on the eve of the Geneva Talks on Russian-Abkhaz relations and the reactions of Georgia and the West...

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Nov 20, 2014

Abkhazia: Ministers Review Draft Agreement with...

Below is an article published by APSNYPRESS: A meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Abkhazia, which reviewed the draft of an Agreement between the Republic of Abkhazia and the Russian...

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Nov 05, 2014

Abkhazia: Amendments Made to Draft Treaty with...

Below is an article published by Eurasianet; As Russia and Abkhazia negotiate closer ties, the Abkhazian side is signaling that it is no Crimea and that it has no wish to be annexed into its neighbor...

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Oct 21, 2014

Abkhazia: Acting Foreign Minister Discusses Key...

Below is an article published by Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Abkhazia; On October 14 [2014], at the invitation of the London Royal Institute of International Affairs "Chatham House", was held...

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Aug 29, 2014

Abkhazia: Foreign Affairs Minister Meets UNPO

The following article is taken from The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia. Viacheslav Chirikba noted that the presidential election is an important stage in the history of the country and thanked...

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Aug 29, 2014

UNPO Observes Early Presidential Elections in...

Around 70 percent of Abkhazia’s estimated 130,000 registered voters cast their ballots last Sunday in 154 polling stations (three of which were outside Abkhazia, in Moscow, Cherkessk and Istanbul)...

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May 12, 2014

Abkhazia: Aiming For Increased International ...

Below is an article published by the World Bulletin: Independent Republic of Abkhazia aims for diplomatic and friendly relations with other countries, says foreign minister. Republic of Abkhazia aims...

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Mar 26, 2014

Abkhazia: Discussion On Security And Stability...

Below is an article published by ITAR-TASS News Agency: The 27th round of discussions on efforts to ensure security and stability in the Transcaucasus will take place in Geneva on Wednesday [26 March...

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Mar 18, 2014

Abkhazia: UN To Invest $15 Million in Projects...

Below is an article published by Abkhaz World: The President of Abkhazia Alexander Ankvab has received the UNDP permanent coordinator Niels Scott. Niels Scott told the President that in 2014 the UN was...

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Jan 20, 2014

Abkhazia: Board Meeting Of The MFA

Below is an article by The Ministry of Foreign Affair of the Republic of Abkhazia: Nugzar Ashuba, the Secretary of Security Council, Beslan Kubrava, the Head of Administration of the President, Oleg Arshba,...

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Dec 17, 2013

Abkhazia: Russia Earmarks 3bn Rubles For Cons...

Below is an article by Vestnikkavkaza: Alexander Khloponin, Russian Plenipotentiary Presidential Envoy to the North Caucasus Federal District, said at the 7th session of the Russian-Abkhaz intergovernmental...

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Nov 08, 2013

Abkhazia: Geneva Discussions On Security And Stability...

Below is an article published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia:  On 5-6 November the 25th round of the International Geneva Discussions on Security and Stability in...

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Sep 03, 2013

Abkhazia: Foreign Officials Discuss Possibility...

Below is an article published by the Press Service of the Abkhaz Foreign Ministry On September 2 , on behalf of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Vyacheslav Chirikba the officers of the Abkhaz Foreign...

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Aug 26, 2013

Abkhazia: Five Years Of Recognition By Russia...

Here below is an article by turkishweekly.net: August 26 marks five years since Russia recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in 2008. Within a year, several other countries followed...

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Aug 20, 2013

Abkhazia: Russian Ties Reaffirmed By Prime Minister...

Below is an article published by Prensa Latina: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, today [19 August 2013] confirmed his government''s interest to strengthen relations with Caucasian republics of...

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Jul 23, 2013

Abkhazia: Deputy Foreign Ministers Visit Exhumation...

Below is an article published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia: Today [22 July 2013] the Deputy Foreign Ministers Oleg Arshba and Irakli Khintba have visited the sight of...

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Jul 04, 2013

Circassian Day at the European Parliament Highlights...

The conference celebrated Abkhazia’s rich culture through music, film and food. Several panels of international experts engaged in constructive dialogues about the political aspirations of Abkhazia,...

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Jun 27, 2013

UNPO Signs Cooperation Agreement With The Abkhaz...

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Jun 04, 2013

Abkhazia, the Comfortable Conflict Zone

Below is an article written by Thomas de Waal and published by The National Interest: A curious word comes to my mind, entering a conflict zone: tidy. Abkhazia looks tidy. The journey from the River Inguri...

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May 28, 2013

Abkhazia: Calls For Tolerance

Below is an article published by Radio Free Europe: Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili has said that democracy, respect for human rights, EU and NATO membership, and the "de-occupation" of the...

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May 16, 2013

Abkhazia: Change For The Better

Below is an article published by Vestink Kavkaza:   - How would you assess the current state of Russian-Georgian relations?   - The current state of Russian-Georgian relations remains tense....

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May 10, 2013

Abkhazia: Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Addresses...

Below is an article published by Trend: The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia David Zalkaliani paid a visit to New York to discuss topical issues of cooperation with the UN as well as with...

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May 01, 2013

Abkhazia: Welcoming Refugees From Syria

Below is an article published by The Voice of Russia: One hundred forty-five immigrants from Syria have arrived by a charter flight to the Republic of Abkhazia, located on the Black Sea coast. Since the...

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Apr 30, 2013

Abkhazia: Georgia Refuses Diplomatic Relation...

Below is an article published by Turkish Weekly: Georgia does not intend to establish diplomatic relations with Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili stated at the 83rd...

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Apr 25, 2013

Abkhazia : Georgian PM Opposes Abkhazia’s Independent...

Below is an article published by Azernews: "These regions are parts of Georgia and they can be given the floor at PACE within our delegation. I see no problem with this," Ivanishvili said during his speech...

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Apr 23, 2013

Abkhazia: Russia Demands Access To PACE Work

Below is an article published by Vestnik Kavkaza:The Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has demanded that Abkhazia and South Ossetia gain access to work in the Assembly...

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Mar 01, 2013

Abkhazia: Government Welcomes Back Repatriates...

Below is an article published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia:   The Leadership of the Foreign Ministry of Abkhazia has held a meeting with the younger generation of compatriots from...

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Feb 21, 2013

Abkhazia: A Delegation For Sochi Olympics?

Below is an article published by Trend:  The International Olympic Committee is an organization that decides which teams are allowed to participate in the Olympics, Georgian Foreign Minister Maya...

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Feb 19, 2013

Abkhazia: Radiation Clean Up Complete

Below is an article published by The Voice of Russia:  Russian emergency teams have successfully completed a radiation clean-up in Abkhazia. They have removed hundreds of tons of radioactively contaminated...

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Feb 06, 2013

Abkhazia: Meeting With Compatriots from Syria

Below is an article published by Abkhaz World: The Leadership of the Foreign Ministry of Abkhazia has held meeting with the younger generation of compatriots from Syria who returned to their historic...

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Jan 22, 2013

Abkhazia: Listed Among “Partially Free” S...

Below is an article published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia:    According to the rating of the American human rights and analytical organization "Freedom House"...

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Dec 13, 2012

Abkhazia: Not To Be Mentioned In Upcoming Russia-Georgia...

Below is an article published by Trend News Agency: Georgian Foreign Minister Maya Panjikidze said Tuesday [11 December 2012]  that the first meeting between Russia and Georgia, which will take place...

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Nov 30, 2012

Abkhazia: Russia To Resume Talks With Georgia...

Below is an article published by Ria Novosti:   Moscow is ready to resume a dialogue with Tbilisi only if Georgia recognizes the sovereignty of its former republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia,...

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Nov 27, 2012

Abkhazia: Deepened Relations With Turkey

  Below is an article from The Messenger Online: Abkhazian de-facto foreign minister Viacheslav Chirikba and the Mayor of Sokhumi, Alias Labakhua, received a delegation from Turkey, led by the...

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Nov 27, 2012

Abkhazia: Deepened Relations With Turkey

Below is an article from The Messenger Online: Abkhazian de-facto foreign minister Viacheslav Chirikba and the Mayor of Sokhumi, Alias Labakhua, received a delegation from Turkey, led by the mayor of...

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Oct 29, 2012

Abkhazia: Georgia’s Position On Abkhazia Will...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:   The woman expected to become Georgia's next foreign minister says the new government's position on Abkhazia and South Ossetia...

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Oct 05, 2012

Abkhazia: Speaking In Unity For Recognition

Below is an article published by Georgia Online: Abkhazia and South Ossetia name the same terms and conditions for "improving relations" with Tbilisi after the victory of the coalition "Georgian Dream"...

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Sep 20, 2012

Abkhazia: Geneva Talks Struggling

Below is an article published by The Messenger Online: The Geneva Talks, launched after the war in 2008, are held in the format of two working groups and are co-chaired by the EU, and UN and OSCE representatives....

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Sep 19, 2012

Abkhazia: Meeting With Foreign Minister In Germany...

Below is an article published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia:   The meeting focused on the issues of organizational work of the representative office and plans for...

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Sep 04, 2012

Abkhazia: Meeting With EU Delegation

Below is an article published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Abkhazia: On August 30, 2012 the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Abkhazia Viacheslav Chirikba met with the EU delegation...

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Aug 30, 2012

Abkhazia: European Deputy Visits Sokhum

Below is an article published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia: The Foreign Minister of the Republic of Abkhazia received the Member of the European Parliament from Luxembourg...

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Aug 23, 2012

Abkhazia: Meeting of Newly Established Council...

Below is an article published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia: On August 17 [2012], the first meeting of the Public Expert Council took place at the Ministry of Foreign...

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Aug 15, 2012

Abkhazia: Caucasian Language Classes In Turke...

Below is an article published by Bianet:     The new so called "4+4+4" education reform bill allows students to take elective Adygea and Abkhazian courses two hours a week during the second...

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Aug 13, 2012

Abkhazia: Day of Remembrance to be Commemorated...

Below is an article published by Abkhaz World: On 14 August [2012] the Day of Remembrance of Defenders of the Fatherland will be marked in Abkhazia. Twenty years ago, on 14 August 1992, the...

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Jul 31, 2012

Abkhazia: Congratulating Vanuatu On Independe...

Below is an article published by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia: MFA of Abkhazia sent a message of congratulations to the MFA of Vanuatu on the occasion of Independence Day. The...

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Jul 23, 2012

Abkhazia: Celebration Of National Flag Day

Below is an article published by AbkhazWorld: The 23 July is marked in Abkhazia as the National Flag Day. On Sukhum’s Mukhadzhir Promenade festivals folk-festivals in Abkhazian national costumes...

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Jul 20, 2012

Abkhazia: Development, But Not at Any Price

Below is an article published by the Journal of Turkish Weekly: Abkhazian President Alexander Ankvab said on Thursday [19 July 2012] he opposed the idea of building another highway from Russia to the...

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Jul 17, 2012

Abkhazia: OSCE Praises Country For Respect Of...

Below is an article published by Vestnik Kavkaza: Abkhaz President Alexander Ankvab has met the Knut Vollebaek, OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, in Sukhumi, Apsnypress reports. The...

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Jul 09, 2012

Abkhazia: Officials Denounce Lack Of Consultation...

Below is an article published by Abkhaz World: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia expresses utmost regret over the adoption by the UN General Assembly of the Resolution on “Status...

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Jun 25, 2012

Abkhazia: Foreign Minister Condemns Violence By...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Europe: Abkhazia's Foreign Ministry has called on the United States, United Nations, and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to pressure...

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Jun 19, 2012

Abkhazia: German Post War Testimonials

Below is an article published by Open Democracy: Helmut Probst stands on his land outside the Abkhaz village of Lykhny with arms flailing in welcome. One of a rare breed, the German-Abkhaz, he has assimilated...

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Jun 18, 2012

Abkhazia: Turkey Considers Abkhaz Tuition

Below is an article published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia: On June 14, 2012, the Turkish newspaper «Hurriyet» reported about the hearings in the Parliament...

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Jun 05, 2012

Abkhazia: Serbia Mulling Recognition?

Below is an article published by Vestnik Kavkaza: New Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic told a Russian radio station that he is considering the recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. But he emphasized...

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May 15, 2012

Abkhazia: Leader met With Russian President P...

Below is an article published by The Messenger Online: Newly-inaugurated Russian President Vladimir Putin held meetings with the also newly-elected South Ossetian leader Leonid Tibilov, a day before hosting...

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Apr 24, 2012

Abkhazia: Meeting With European Union Delegat...

Below is an article published by MFA Abkhazia: On April 23, 2012 the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia, Viacheslav Chirikba met with the delegation of the European Union, comprising...

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Apr 19, 2012

Abkhazia: U.S. Influential in Non-Recognition

Below is an article published by RIA Novosti: Abkhaz Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Chirikba accused the United States on Wednesday [18 April 2012] of blackmailing countries whose governments were ready...

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Apr 18, 2012

Abkhazia: Process For Recognition Of Independence...

Below is an article published by the Messenger Online: Abkhazia’s Independence recognition process will continue despite pressure from the United States and the European Union, said the de-facto...

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Apr 16, 2012

Abkhazia: Recognition Will Continue Despite P...

Below is an article published by Abkhaz World: During Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s last visit to Fiji it was reported that the Russian minister is trying to persuade that...

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Apr 13, 2012

Abkhazia: Suspects Detained by Authorities

Below is an article published by Ria Novosti: Police have detained six people suspected of involvement in a February [2012] assassination attempt against Abkhaz President Alexander Ankvab, the republic’s...

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Apr 05, 2012

Abkhazia: First Session of Parliament Underwa...

Below is an article published by Democracy & Freedom Watch http://dfwatch.net/abkhazia-gathers-its-de-facto-parliament-for-first-session-51957 The first session of the new […] Abkhazian parliament...

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Mar 27, 2012

Abkhazia: Independent Candidates Win Elections...

Below is an article published by Civil:  At least 26 seats in [Abkhazia’s] 35-member Parliament will go to independent candidates - those nominated by "initiative groups" and not by political...

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Mar 26, 2012

Abkhazia: Second Round Of Parliamentary Elections...

Below is an article published by Democracy & Freedom Watch: 20 constituencies are selecting a candidate in a first past the post system. In the first round, March 10, 13 candidates were chosen, out...

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Mar 22, 2012

Abkhazia: Statement on Reactions to 2012 Elec...

Below is a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia: Upon completion of the first round of voting in the elections to the People’s Assembly – Parliament...

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Mar 15, 2012

From Gagra to Gal: Abkhazia Demonstrates its...

The Hague, 14 March 2012 – As a turnout of 44.5% is recorded in the most recent elections to be conducted in Abkhazia, attentions now focus on run-off polling scheduled for 24 March 2012 that will...

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Mar 15, 2012

From Gagra to Gal: Abkhazia Demonstrates its...

The Hague, 14 March 2012 – As a turnout of 44.5% is recorded in the most recent elections to be conducted in Abkhazia, attentions now focus on run-off polling scheduled for 24 March 2012 that will...

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Mar 12, 2012

Abkhazia: First Round Of Parliamentary Elections...

Below is an article published by BBC News: Today there is a fragile ceasefire between Abkhazia and Georgia but some worry that signs of instability are growing in the region again. A burning car and...

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Mar 09, 2012

Abkhazia: Preparations Underway for Elections

Below is an article published by the BBC: The citizens of the self-proclaimed republic on the Black Sea coast number fewer than 250,000. They are strongly supportive of Russia, which supported their war...

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Mar 05, 2012

Abkhazia: Intensification Of Dialogue With Eu...

Below is an article published by Abkhaz World: Political advisor to the Council of Europe Rozaria Pulisi has arrived in Abkhazia. The European diplomat met with the republic’s Foreign...

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Mar 02, 2012

Abkhazia: New Species of Animal Discovered in...

Below is an article published by Basque Research: Four new species of arthropods, identified at the University of Navarra, have been found in the deepest cave in the world, at a depth of 2,191 metres. A...

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Feb 24, 2012

Abkhazia: Search for President’s Attempted Assassin...

Below is an article by the Messenger Online: The search for President of Abkhazia Aleksandr Ankvab’s attempted assassins continues in the Gali region, according to a representative of the Abkhaz...

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Feb 24, 2012

UNPO General Secretary Condemns Assassination...

The Hague, 23 February 2012 – UNPO deplores in the strongest possible terms the assassination attempt on the democratically elected President of Abkhazia, Aleksandr Ankvab made yesterday morning...

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Feb 22, 2012

Abkhazia: President Escapes Assassination Attempt...

Below is an article published by RT:  An assassination attempt has been made on the President of Republic of Abkhazia Aleksandr Ankvab. The president was unharmed, however, one bodyguard is dead...

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Feb 21, 2012

Abkhazia: Ambassador Disappointed With Georgia’s...

Below is an article published by Radio Australia: The ambassador at large for Abkhazia says he is disappointed the nation of Georgia has severed its diplomatic ties with Tuvalu as a reaction to the island...

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Feb 16, 2012

Abkhazia: Ambassador Accuses West of Hindering...

Below is an article by The Voice of Russia: The US and the UK are intentionally disrupting the recognition of Abkhazia’s independence. If it was not for the pressure from their part the sovereignty...

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Jan 31, 2012

Abkhazia: Concern Mounts Over Travel Document...

Below is an article published by MFA Abkhazia: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia is deeply concerned about the recent media information on the recognition by certain countries...

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Jan 23, 2012

Abkhazia: Broad International Recognition Pri...

Below is an article published by Civil Georgia:   Achieving “broad international recognition,” which requires lots of efforts and time, remains a top foreign policy priority for Sokhumi,...

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Jan 18, 2012

Abkhazia: Solution to Refugee Situation Requires...

Below is an article published by Vestnik Kavkaza: Georgia is trying to dictate to Abkhazia an inappropriate solution to the problem with refugees, Abkhaz Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Chirikba said at a...

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Jan 05, 2012

Abkhazia: Extending and Revitalising the Republic's...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: Over the past two months, the leadership of Georgia's breakaway Republic of Abkhazia has adopted two separate measures aimed at ensuring...

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Dec 13, 2011

Abkhazia: PACE Rapporteur Begins 4-Day Invest...

Below is an article published by Expert Club: Today a new PACE rapporteur, Swedish parliamentarian Tina Aketoft begins four-day visit to Abkhazia to prepare a report on the situation in the occupied...

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Nov 23, 2011

Abkhazia: Border Cooperation Agreement Adopted...

Below is an article published by Ria Novosti: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed laws on ratifying customs cooperation agreements with the former Georgian republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia,...

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Nov 16, 2011

Abkhazia: Water Aid Provided to Tuvalu

Below is an article published by Radio New Zealand International: […]  Abkhazia has come to the aid of Tuvalu, as it recovers from its fresh water emergency. The Tuvalu government established...

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Nov 14, 2011

Abkhazia: No International Monitoring Organizations...

Below is an article published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abkhazia In connection with the negotiation process between Russia and Georgia on Russia's accession to the WTO, public and political...

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Nov 03, 2011

Abkhazia: Landmark Eradication Of Landmines

Below is an press release issued by the HALO Trust: Abkhazia announces that all known mined areas have been cleared, after 14 years of sustained humanitarian demining operations by the HALO Trust. Guy...

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Nov 02, 2011

Abkhazia: Monument Rises For Victims Of Political...

Below is an article published by Abkhaz World In Sukhum, in the square in front of Parliament, a monument has been set up to the victims of the political repressions of the 1930-40s. The statue is by...

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Oct 20, 2011

Abkhazia: The Other Side Of Hosting Dominoes Championship...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: But this week, the pastime is taking on a whole new meaning with the Abkhaz capital, Sukhumi, hosting the 8th World Domino Championship....

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Oct 07, 2011

Abkhazia: Ankvab Meets Medvedev to Discuss Fresh...

Below is an article by Russia Today:  Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has held talks with the freshly-elected president of Abkhazia, Aleksandr Ankvab, and ratified the agreement on Russian military...

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Sep 29, 2011

Abkhazia: Newly Elected President Inaugurated...

Below is an article published by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia: Today [29.09.11] inauguration ceremony of the elected President of Abkhazia Alexander Ankvab was held in Sukhum. Valentina Matvienko,...

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Sep 28, 2011

Abkhazia: Ankvab Appoints Prime Minister

Below is an article published by Civil.ge: A day after inauguration, new Abkhaz leader Alexander Ankvab appointed on September 27 [2011] Leonid Lakerbaia as prime minister of the breakaway region, replacing...

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Sep 26, 2011

Abkazia: Now Recognized by Tuvalu

Below is an article published by RIAN.ru The tiny Pacific Republic of Tuvalu has become the sixth country to recognize Abkhazia, Abkhaz Foreign Minister Maxim Gvindzhiya said on Friday. The joint statement...

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Sep 01, 2011

Abkhazia: Ignoring Elections Threatens West’s...

Below is an article published by the New York Times: Last Friday [26 August 2011], voters in […] Abkhazia went to the polls in a presidential election that was broadly ignored by the United States...

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Aug 30, 2011

Abkhazia Holds Successful Democratic Election

Below is an article published by Open Democracy.  The Black Sea republic of Abkhazia has elected its third president since securing effective independence from Georgia in 1993. The tiny country faces...

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Aug 30, 2011

Abkhazia: Country Celebrates Successful And Democratic...

Below is an article published by Abkhaz World. Acting President of Abkhazia Nugzar Ashuba believes that in the presidential election held August 26 the people of Abkhazia made a conscious choice. "Yesterday,...

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Aug 29, 2011

Abkhazia: In Russia’s Shadow, Abkhazia Elects...

Below is an article published by The New York Times   SUKHUMI, Georgia — Aleksandr Z. Ankvab has been elected president of Abkhazia, a rebel enclave of Georgia still struggling for legitimacy...

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Aug 25, 2011

UNPO Deploys Election Observation Mission to Abkhazia...

Below is a Press Release issued by UNPO: Following an invitation from the Republic of Abkhazia, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) has deployed an Election Observation Mission (EOM)...

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Aug 25, 2011

UNPO Abkhazia Election Observation Guide Provides...

State in the Balance: A Primer on Abkhazia’s Independence Situated on the Eastern shore of the Black Sea coast, Abkhazia is a territory whose efforts towards international recognition as an independent...

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Aug 24, 2011

Abkhazia: Ready For Elections

Below is an article published by the Voice of Russia: Everything is ready in Abkhazia for the August 26 presidential polls. The snap election was called after the premature death of President Sergei...

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Aug 11, 2011

Abkhazia: UN Recognition Necessary For Security...

Below is an article published by Abkhaz World:  The 7 August 2008 entry of Georgian armed forces into the separatist Republic of South Ossetia, followed by an overwhelming response of South Ossetia's...

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Aug 10, 2011

Abkhazia: A Bitter War With No Heroes

Below is an article published by Registan: Today [August 8, 2011] marks the third anniversary of the Russo-Georgian War. Georgia has a famously fraught relationship with its two separatist regions,...

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Aug 08, 2011

Abkhazia: Amnesty Warns Georgia Over Refugee ...

Below is an article published by Reuters News Agency. The evictions, which began in mid-2010, are the latest attempt to tackle a massive refugee problem stemming from conflicts in the early 1990s in the...

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Aug 01, 2011

Abkhazia: US Senate Resolution Based on Ignorance...

Below is an article published by MFA Abkhazia: The Government noted the recent Resolution passed by US Senate according to which Abkhazia is considered as an occupied by Russia territory. We think that...

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Jul 25, 2011

Abkhazia: Wants Better Relations With Georgia,...

The article below was published by Itar-Tass News Agency.   “We have hope that relations with Georgia will improve when the latter is ready for a dialogue,” he said in an interview with...

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Jul 22, 2011

Abkhazia: Presidential Election Campaigns Beg...

Below is an article published by The Voice of Russia: The three candidates who were nominated on Sunday [17/07/2011] are the incumbent vice president, Alexander Ankwaba, Prime Minister Sergei Shamba and...

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Jul 15, 2011

Abkhazia: Interview with Alexander Rahr on Abkhazia...

Below is an article published by Abkhaz World: The well-known German political scientist and expert gave an interview to Vestnik Kavkaza. He touched on the full spectrum of political themes between Russia...

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Jul 14, 2011

Abkhazia: Defence Minister Sets Terms For Hospital...

Below is an article published by Civil Georgia: Russia’s Defense Minister, Anatoly Serdyukov, arrived for a working visit in breakaway Abkhazia on July 13, Abkhaz news agency, Apsnipress, reported. Serdyukov,...

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Jul 12, 2011

Abkhazia: Alexander Rahr - Abkhazia and South...

Below is an article published by Vestnik Kavkaza The well-known German political scientist and expert gave an interview to Vestnik Kavkaza. He touched on the full spectrum of political themes between...

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Jul 06, 2011

Abkhazia: Third Presidential Candidate Expected...

Below is an article published by the Georgian Daily: On June 20 [2011], the Forum of the National Unity of Abkhazia issued a statement about the nomination of a candidate for the presidency in...

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Jun 30, 2011

Abkhazia: “Cards” Instead of Visas for Abkhazian...

Below is an article published by Abkhazworld: Last night a group of Abkhazian and South Ossetian representatives of non-governmental organisations arrived in Vilnius to attend an international conference...

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Jun 28, 2011

Abkhazia: Former Georgian President Backs Recognition...

Below is an article published by Bloomberg:  Former Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze said it would be “wise” for Georgia to recognize the breakaway region of Abkhazia as an independent...

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Jun 27, 2011

Abkhazia: Nominations for Presidential Elections...

Below is an article published by the Voice of Russia: On June 27 [2011], the political parties and groups of the republic of Abkhazia began to nominate their candidates for the early presidential elections...

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Jun 15, 2011

Abkhazia: A New Political Landscape after Bagapsh’s...

Below is an article published by Russia Beyond the Headlines: Until May 29 [2011], there were no signs of political infighting in Abkhazia. But now, the death of Abkhazia’s second president, Sergei...

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Jun 14, 2011

Abkhazia: Yes, No, Yes. Vanuatu Clarifies Position...

Below is an article published by the New York Times: The south Pacific nation of Vanuatu, which has engaged in an on-again-off-again relationship with the separatist government in Abkhazia, released a...

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Jun 07, 2011

Abkhazia: Proof of Independence Recognition from...

Below is an article published by RT The Republic of Abkhazia has presented a document proving that its independence had been recognized by the state of Vanuatu. The move came after Georgia accused Abkhazia...

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Jun 03, 2011

Abkhazia: Russia Welcomes Vanatu-Abkhazia Diplomatic...

Below is an article published by Bloomberg: Russia welcomed Vanuatu establishing diplomatic ties with Abkhazia, a breakaway region of Georgia, calling it an important step in Abkhazia’s campaign...

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May 30, 2011

UNPO General Secretary Expresses His Condolences...

Brussels, 30 May 2011 – The UNPO has learnt with deep sadness and a great sense of loss, the passing of Sergei Bagapsh, President of Abkhazia, after a long illness on 29 May 2011.  As the host...

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May 20, 2011

Abkhazia: Demography and Historical Justice

Below is an article published by Abkhaz World: The Abkhaz-Georgian conflict has many elements to it, but two constantly recur that deserve special attention: demography and historical justice. The two...

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May 18, 2011

Abkhazia: Discussing International Cooperation...

Below is an article published by Vestnik Kavkaza: Sukhumi is hosting the first session of the Russian-Abkhaz commission for fishing economy, Apsnypress reports. Abkhazia is represented by the Chairman...

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May 03, 2011

Abkhazia: Eeropean Union Denounces Lavrov’s...

  Below is an article published by: New Europe.Lavrov visited the two breakaway regions at the start of last week to sign bilateral agreements on transport, rescue operations and cultural centers,...

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Apr 15, 2011

Abkhazia: Analysis of Self-determination Proc...

Below is an article published by Georgian Daily Independent Voice: The just-completed visit to Turkey by Abkhaz President Sergey Bagapsh represents both a problem and an opportunity for Ankara and Moscow,...

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Apr 14, 2011

Abkhazia: Accepting EU Resolution As Olive Br...

  Below is an article published by Daily News:   The resolution will contribute to the “de-isolation” of Abkhazia and the establishment of direct contacts with the European Union,...

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Apr 11, 2011

Abkhazia: Presidential Visit Highlights “Very...

Below is an article published by Today’s Zaman: On April 7 at 11 a.m. Abkhaz President Sergei Bagapsh arrived in Ankara on a private plane from Sochi.   The delegation...

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Apr 05, 2011

Abkhazia: Abkhaz President To Visit Turkey

  Below is an article published by: Today’s Zamam.Abkhaz President Sergei Bagapsh is expected to visit Turkey at the invitation of the Federation of Abkhaz Associations (ABHAZFED) and the Federation...

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Mar 23, 2011

Abkhazia: Dependent and Independent

  Below is an interview published by Abkhazworld:   Fatima Tlisova: Inal, your home is now again the focus of politicians’ attention in connection with the negotiations between...

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Jan 25, 2011

Abkhazia: Russia to Repair Abkhaz Railway

  Below is an article published by Civil Georgia:Russia is allocating 2 billion rubles (about USD 67 million) in loan to Sokhumi to repair sections ofAbkhaz railway, Abkhaz news agency, Apsnipress,...

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Jan 24, 2011

Abkhazia: Bagapsh Meets Armenian Community

Below is an article published by Times.am: Abkhazian President Sergey Bagapsh met with the leaders of the Armenian community. The head of Armenian Community Suren Kerselyan informed the head of the state...

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Jan 18, 2011

Abkhazia: Sokhumi Criticizes EU's Abkhaz...

Below is an article published by Civil:   Maxim Gvinjia, foreign minister of breakaway Abkhazia, said Sokhumi was "skeptical" about EU's policy of engagement without recognition, Abkhaz news agency,...

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Jan 12, 2011

Abkhazia: Positive Feedback Regarding Russian...

Below is an article published by The Voice of Russia: The President of Abkhazia Sergei Bagapsh has given a positive assessment of Russian aid in setting up an Audit Chamber for the republic. Bagapsh...

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Jan 11, 2011

Abkhazia: Enguri Dam Wins European Funding

Below is an article published by HydroWorld: In order to finance the completion of rehabilitation of Enguri hydro power plant and Vardnili hydro power cascade in Georgia, the European Investment Bank...

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Jan 06, 2011

Abkhazia: Georgia Open to Dialogue with Moscow,...

Below is an article published by RIA Novosti Manana Mandzhagaladze, a spokesperson for the Georgian president, said Russia had failed to respond to Georgia's peace initiative. President Mikheil Saakashvili...

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Dec 21, 2010

Abkhazia: Involvement of Sukhum in PACE Talks...

Below is an article published by The Voice of Russia Russia calls for the involvement of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in PACE talks on the current situation in the Caucasus. A statement to this effect was...

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Dec 20, 2010

Abkhazia: Georgia Hinders Diplomatic Progress...

Below is an article published by GHN News Agency: The Georgian Delegation factually ignored the declaration of Abkhazia and South Ossetia about the non-use of force, Aleksey Sazonov, Deputy Official Representative...

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Dec 17, 2010

Abkhazia: EUMM to Be a Key Instrument for Pea...

Below is an article published by The Moscow Times   December 16 [2010] will mark the 14th time that parties to the Georgia conflict have gathered in Geneva. These negotiations include representatives...

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Dec 15, 2010

Abkhazia: Abkhazia to Push for Refugee Registration...

Below is an article published by RIA Novosti: The former Georgian republic of Abkhazia will press for the UN to register Georgian refugees on its territory at security talks in Geneva, the delegation's...

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Nov 16, 2010

Abkhazia: Georgia Against Tourism Activities

Below is an article published by Trend News Agency Georgia has called for restraining tourist visits to the occupied territories and "particularly Abkhazia," Georgian Tourism and Resorts Department Deputy...

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Oct 12, 2010

Abkhazia: Talks Seek Binding Non-Aggression A...

Below is an article published by The Voice of Russia: The main task of the Geneva talks on the Caucasus is to reach a legally binding agreement on the non-use of force by Georgia against South Ossetia...

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Oct 06, 2010

Abkhazia: Government Looking for New Investment...

Below is an article published by День – The Daily Weekly Digest   Whereas South Ossetia has predictably become Russia’s protectorate, the situation with Abkhazia...

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Oct 04, 2010

Abkhazia: Belarus Recognition Likely to Come?

Below is an article published by Civil.Ge   Belarus President, Alexander Lukashenko, said Minsk was ready to recognize Georgia’s two breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, but did...

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Oct 01, 2010

Abkhazia: Russia Wants To Improve Legal Base Of...

  Below is an article published by Ria Novosti:   Russia hopes to strengthen the legal basis of its relations with Abkhazia, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday.   "We...

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Sep 16, 2010

Abkhazia: Foreign Ministry Calls For New Mechanisms...

  Below is an article published by the ITAR-TASS News Agency:   The Abkhazian Foreign Ministry is interested in a wise and balanced solution of the problem of refugees and displaced persons’...

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Sep 13, 2010

Abkhazia: Prisoner Release in a Bid From Sukhumi...

Below is an article published by Civil Georgia:   EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, welcomed release of a Georgian prisoner by authorities in breakaway Abkhazia.  In a statement...

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Aug 30, 2010

Abkhazia: Two Years of Recognition and Peace ...

Below is an article published by Russia Today:   This week, the Republic of Abkhazia celebrated two years since Russia recognized its independence. The republic is already a popular tourist destination...

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Aug 23, 2010

Abkhazia: Russia’s Promises Unity Shows that...

Below is an article published by The ISN:   The Kremlin made a series of new gestures in support of Georgia’s breakaway republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, with Russian President Dmitry...

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Aug 09, 2010

Abkhazia: Georgia’s Failure to Reconcile

Below is an article published by Abkhaz World: At the risk of being branded politically incorrect, I venture to suggest that the causes of Georgia's ill-fated conflict with Russia over South Ossetia are...

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Aug 02, 2010

Abkhazia: Georgian Blockage Persists with Seizure...

Below is an article published by the Itar Tass News Agency: Abkhazia’s Foreign Ministry has issued a protest over the seizure by Georgian naval forces of a Ukrainian dry cargo ship that called into...

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Jul 27, 2010

Abkhazia: Will Participate in Mediated Talks with...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Europe:   Georgia's breakaway republic of Abkhazia will, after all, send a delegation to attend the next round of internationally mediated talks in Geneva...

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Jul 26, 2010

Abkhazia: Other Countries Strive For Recognition...

Below is an article published by RT.com: The International Court of Justice’s recent ruling that Kosovo’s declaration of independence was legitimate has sparked reaction from two other states...

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Jul 22, 2010

Abkhazia: Abkhazia, S. Ossetia Sign Bilateral...

 Below is an article published by ITAR/TASS News Agency: Several important documents on bilateral cooperation with Nicaragua were signed on Tuesday over the visit of South Ossetia’s President...

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Jul 02, 2010

Abkhazia: OSCE should let S. Ossetia and Abkhazia...

  Below is an article published by RT: Moscow insists that it is time to broaden interactive opportunities for all the parties to the Geneva talks on the Caucasus, Russia's permanent representative...

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Jun 22, 2010

Abkhazia: European Union must stop Isolating the...

Below is an article published by TheMessenger.com.ge The de facto Abkhazian Foreign Ministry has expressed discontent at the fact that international organisations working in the de facto republic...

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Jun 08, 2010

Abkhazia: President Sums Up First 100 Days

Below is an article published by The Messenger Online:   De facto Abkhazian President Sergey Bagapsh has summed up the first 100 days of the second term of his presidency in...

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Apr 20, 2010

Abkhazia: UN Secretary General Encourages Dialogue...

Below is an article published by Ria Novosti: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on Georgia to expand dialogues with its former republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and to...

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Apr 06, 2010

Abkhazia: Foreign Minister Gunjia Encourages South...

Below is an article published by News.AZ:   According to Maxim Gvinjia, the Foreign Minister of […] Abkhazia, the head of the delegation, which visited Venezuela, Argentina,...

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Apr 01, 2010

Abkhazia: Putin Offers 24M Loan

 Below is an article published by: The Moscow TimesThe money will be lent on favorable conditions and comes after Moscow earmarked more than 10 billion rubles ($350 million) in cash to aid Abkhazia...

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Mar 25, 2010

Abkhazia: Next-generation Passports to be Available...

 Below is an article published by: Aysor.amSergei Shamba said that the next-generation passport books were to be in circulation in accordance with last year’s agreement, signed with Russia on...

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Mar 17, 2010

Abkhazia: Candidates Line Up For Assembly Ele...

Below is an article published by the Administration of the President of the Republic of Abkhazia: The city election commission registered candidates for the Sukhum City Assembly, the capital’s administration...

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Mar 15, 2010

Abkhazia: Former UN Mediator, EU Special Representative...

   Below is an article published by Radio Free Europe: Ambassador Dieter Boden, who served from 1999-2002 as the UN secretary-general's special representative for the Abkhaz conflict,...

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Mar 02, 2010

Abkhazia: New Foreign Minister For The Abkhazia...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Europe: [..] Abkhazia has appointed Maksim Gvinjia as its [...] foreign minister, RFE/RL's Echo of the Caucasus reports.Gvinjia replaces Prime Minister...

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Feb 24, 2010

Abkhazia:Bagapsh Meets Ankvab

Below is an article published by Abkhaziagov.org:Today the President of the Republic of Abkhazia S. V. Bagapsh has held a meeting with the Vice President Alexander Ankvab, the Speaker of the Parliament...

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Feb 22, 2010

Abkhazia: Abkhazian Delegation Visits Latin A...

   Below is an article published by Itar-Tass: Abkhazia’s delegation is visiting Latin America to further develop political and economic relations with its countries, acting Foreign...

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Feb 19, 2010

Abkhazia: Russia, Abkhazia to build joint military...

  Below is an article published by RT News:President Dmitry Medvedev and his Abkhazian counterpart Sergey Bagapsh have signed ten bilateral deals, including an agreement to establish a military...

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Feb 15, 2010

Abkhazia: Abkhaz President Names Long-Time Foreign...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Europe: The president of […] Abkhazia appointed his former foreign minister to be prime minister today [February 13, 2010] and asked him to form...

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Feb 08, 2010

Abkhazia: Abkhazian Leader to Pay His First Visit...

 Below is an article published by Itar Tass: Abkhazian leader SergeI Bagapsh will pay his first post-inauguration visit to Russia as the head of state, the Russian Foreign Ministry's special envoy...

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Feb 04, 2010

Azkhabia: OSCE Commissioner on National Minorities...

 Below is an article published by: civil.geOn February 3, Vollebaek plans to meet with Abkhaz leader, Sergey Bagapsh, as well as breakaway region’s foreign minister Sergey Shamba; PM Alexander...

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Jan 28, 2010

Abkhazia: UN’s Role In Georgia Has ‘Fundamentally...

    This article was published by Radio Free Europe: Johan Verbeke is the former head of the now-defunct UN observer mission in Georgia and was the UN’s special representative...

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Jan 25, 2010

Abkhazia: Geneva Discussions on Security and Stability...

  Below is an article published by International Security Research and Intelligence Agency: The ninth round of international discussions on security and stability in Transcaucasia is scheduled...

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Dec 16, 2009

Abkhazia: Pacific Island Recognizes Independe...

   Below is an article published by RIA Novosti: Nauru is the fourth country to recognize Abkhazia's independence, joining Russia, Nicaragua and Venezuela.The signing ceremony was held...

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Dec 14, 2009

Abkhazia: Statement from the Mission of Foreign...

STATEMENT FROM THE MISSION OF FOREIGN (INTERNATIONAL) OBSERVERS ON OBSERVATION OF THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS IN THE REPUBLIC OF ABKHAZIA13/12/2009 17:30       ABKHAZIA, SUKHUM...

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Dec 14, 2009

Abkhazia: Re-elects President

Below is an article published by VOA NewsGeorgia's breakaway Abkhazia region has re-elected its president for a second term. Sunday's preliminary election results show the rebel region of Abkhazia...

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Dec 10, 2009

Abkhazia: Asking Ecuador For Recognition

Below is an article published by EurasiaNet:Abkhazia is calling on Ecuador to follow the example of Venezuela and Nicaragua and recognize its status as an independent country from Georgia.De facto Abkhaz...

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Dec 04, 2009

Abkhazia: Ecuador To Consider Recognition

 Below is an article published by RIA Novosti: The Abkhaz delegation headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Maxim Gvindzhiya is currently paying a visit to the Latin American state."Ecuadorian diplomats...

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Nov 25, 2009

Abkhazia: USA next to Recognize Abkhazia?

 Below is an article published by Abkhaz World :It has been over one year since Abkhazia was recognized by the Russian Federation. The Deputy-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia, now also recognized...

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Nov 20, 2009

Abkhazia: Belarusian MPs: “We are ready for...

 Below is an article published by Charter’97 Press:A process of Abkhazia’s recognition is irreversible, the country’s speaker Nuzgar Ashuba said. “We do not hurry and do not...

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Nov 18, 2009

Abkhazia: EU’s Use of Satellite Condemned by...

Below is an article published by Eurasianet :The European Union’s plan to use satellite images to monitor the security situation in Georgia’s conflict zones is drawing an angry reaction."Because...

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Nov 09, 2009

Abkhazia: Five Presidential Candidates Registered...

  Below is an article published by Spero News :   The Central Election Commission of the breakaway Republic of Abkhazia has registered five candidates who applied to run in the presidential...

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Nov 05, 2009

Abkhazia: Presidential Candidates to be Tested...

    Below is an article published by ITAR-TASS: The linguistic commission of the Abkhaz Central Elections Commission will check presidential candidates’ knowledge of the state...

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Nov 04, 2009

Abkhazia: Finding the Balance in New Relation...

Below is article published by RIA Novosti:The upcoming December 12 [2009] presidential elections in Abkhazia are fundamentally different from the previous three - the campaign will be the first since the...

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Nov 02, 2009

Abkhazia: S.Ossetia, Abkhazia to Ask Ecuador to...

  Below is an article published by Ria NOVOSTI:  The news followed Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa's promise on Friday to consider the requests should they be submitted. Correa...

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Oct 26, 2009

Abkhazia: New Candidate Nominated for Polls

  Below is an article published by Civil.ge:  Beslan Butba, a businessman and a former lawmaker, was named on October 23 by his Party of Economic Development, as a candidate for presidential...

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Oct 22, 2009

Abkhazia: 8 More States to Recognize Abkhazia...

 Below is an article published by news.am : Eight more countries of Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) might recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia after...

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Oct 19, 2009

Abkhazia: We Will Succeed

   Below is an article published by The Washington Times, written by President Sergei Bagapsh:My country is recognized by Russia, Nicaragua and Venezuela. A long-awaited European Union report...

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Oct 08, 2009

Abkhazia: Presidential Elections to be Held in...

   Below is an article published by Ria Novosti :  Abkhazia will hold a presidential election on December 12 [2009], the former Georgian republic's parliament decided...

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Oct 06, 2009

Abkhazia: Lukashenko Hints on Recognition of Abkhazia,...

  Below is an article published by The Georgian Times :    In Minsk the autumn session of the Belarusian National Assembly, the third to be held in 2009, convened at the House...

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Oct 02, 2009

Abkhazia: Russia To Continue Cooperation

Below is an article published by: RiaNovositiMoscow will continue its cooperation in the social and economic development of the former Georgian republic of Abkhazia, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said...

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Oct 01, 2009

Abkhazia: Statement By President Sergei Bagapsh...

Below is an article published by: Abkhaz WorldSTATEMENT BY PRESIDENT SERGEI BAGAPSH ON THE RELEASE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION REPORT ON THE 2008 GEORGIA WAR“The time for debate is over.  A nine-month...

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Sep 29, 2009

Abkhazia: Abkhazia Marks Liberation from Geor...

    Below is an article published by Russia Today :   Abkhazia is marking sixteen years since the republic's capital, Sukhum, was liberated from Georgian troops. On...

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Sep 25, 2009

Abkhazia: Statement from President Sergei Bag...

   Below is the statement by Sergei Bagapsh, published by Abkhaz World: President Saakashvili is one of the most dangerous leaders in the world. He has convinced his allies that he supports...

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Sep 14, 2009

Abkhazia: Nicaragua, Abkhazia establish diplomatic...

  Below is an article published by: Itar Tass News  Representatives of Nicaragua and the Republic of Abkhazia on Thursday signed a joint statement on the establishing of diplomatic relations...

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Sep 11, 2009

Abkhazia: Chavez Recognizes Abkhazia

   Below is an article published by BBC News :   Venezuela will recognise the breakaway Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, President Hugo Chavez says.Venezuela will...

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Aug 27, 2009

Abkhazia: Optimism and Tension

Below is an article published by ISN :Sukhumi is being restored. The promenade has been cleaned up and the Stalinist colonnade whitewashed, but the Soviet baroque train station still lies in ruins, symbolic...

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Aug 14, 2009

Abkhazia: Putin Supports Independence

 Below is an article published by Finding dulcinea:Putin’s Visit Taunts Georgian Authorities Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to the Caucasus region on Wednesday [12...

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Aug 13, 2009

Abkhazia: Putin Will Visit

  Below is an article published by AFP: Prime Minister Vladimir Putin pledged Russia's military backing for Abkhazia in any new conflict with Georgia, as he visited the […] Georgian...

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Jul 22, 2009

Abkhazia: Georgia in Talks on U.S. Conflict M...

 Below is an article published by Reuters:  Georgia said on Tuesday it was holding "preliminary talks" on U.S. involvement in a European Union mission monitoring the boundaries with...

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Jul 20, 2009

Abkhazia: Bagapsh Stands Fast for Independenc...

   Below is an article published by The Moscow Times:Nearly a year after Georgia’s war with Russia, Abkhaz leader Sergei Bagapsh is determined that Tbilisi will never rule his land...

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Jul 17, 2009

Abkhazia: ‘There Is No Going Back’

 Nearly a year after Georgia’s war with Russia, Abkhaz leader Sergei Bagapsh is determined that Tbilisi will never rule his land again. Shrugging off international calls for Georgia’s...

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Jul 15, 2009

Abkhazia: UN Mission to Withdraw Today

   Below is an article published by Ria Novosti: United Nations military observers will leave Abkhazia by July 15, 2009, a spokesman for the UN mission said on Monday [29 June 2009].The...

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Jul 10, 2009

Abkhazia: Accuses Georgia of Drone Flights

The Abkhaz authorities say two drones entered their air space on Wednesday [July 8, 2009]. The Georgian government denied the claims and said the planes must have been Russian. Overflights and the...

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Jun 16, 2009

Abkhazia: Veto Russia Spells End of UN Missio...

   Below is an article published by Los Angeles Times: What's in a name? Enough to anger Russia, which exercised its veto power in the U.N. Security Council and brought an end Monday...

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May 29, 2009

Conference: Independence of Abkhazia and Prospects...

  The Friends of Abkhazia Civil Initiative, alongside Istanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi (University) are holding a conference entitled ‘Independence of Abkhazia and Prospects for the Caucasus’...

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May 01, 2009

Abkhazia: Border Deal with Russia

 Below is an article published by the Associated Press: President Dmitry Medvedev and the leaders of South Ossetia and Abkhazia signed the agreements at a Kremlin ceremony nearly nine months after...

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Apr 28, 2009

Abkhazia: Warning Over NATO Exercises

  Below is an article published by RNA :Abkhazia has urged NATO member states not to go ahead with a planned military exercise in Georgia, expressing deep anxiety and concern over the plan, the...

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Apr 02, 2009

Abkhazia: Pressure for Independent Mission Mo...

 Below is an article written by Mzia Kupunia and published by The Messenger Online:Abkhazia demands a separate UN mission The de facto Abkhazian authorities have once more demanded the setting up...

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Apr 01, 2009

Abkhazia: Representatives Invited to Strasbou...

  Below is an article written by RIA Novosti:PACE invites Abkhazia, S. Ossetia to attend Strasbourg session The head of PACE invited representatives from Abkhazia and South Ossetia on Monday...

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Mar 19, 2009

Abkhazia: Warnings Against Radicalism

Below is an article published by Radio Free Europe:Irakli Alasania, the former Georgian ambassador to the UN now seen as a potential successor to President Mikheil Saakashvili, warned in an extensive March...

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Mar 06, 2009

Abkhazia: Recognition May Not Ostracize Belar...

  Below is an article published by Naviny: According to the Brussels-based online newspaper, the European Commission warned last week that it would “freeze rapprochement” if Minsk...

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Feb 26, 2009

Abkhazia: Belarus Warned by EU

 Below is an article published by : The Messenger Belarus may lose the support of the EU if it decides to recognize the Georgian breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states....

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Feb 18, 2009

Abkhazia: New Security Talks Begin

   Below is an article published by: RIA Novosti A new round of talks on security and stability in and around the former Georgian republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia is set to begin...

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Feb 16, 2009

Abkhazia: Cease-Fire Extension

 Below is an article published by: Associated Press The U.N. Security Council agreed Friday [13 February 2009] to a four-month extension of a peacekeeping mission monitoring a cease-fire between...

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Feb 03, 2009

Abkhazia: ‘No Pressure’ says Russia

Below is an article published by Russian News & Information Agency:  Russia will not press the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member states for recognition of Abkhazia and South...

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Jan 14, 2009

Abkhazia: Georgia Only “Partly Free”

  Below is an article published by Civil.ge: Georgia remains among “partly free” countries, but it has been downgraded to non-electoral democracy, according to an annual report by...

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Dec 23, 2008

Abkhazia: OSCE Forced to Conclude Mission

Below is an article written by Ellen Barry published by the International Herald Tribune: […] The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe must end its 16-year mission in Georgia...

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Dec 22, 2008

Abkhazia: Russia and Georgia “Closer To Agr...

  Below is an article published by Easybourse.com/AFP:   Russia and Georgia took steps towards signing an agreement on measures to ensure security during international talks here Thursday...

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Dec 15, 2008

Abkhazia: Russian Forces Withdraw Slowly

   Below is an article published by the AFP: Russian forces have withdrawn from a disputed village near the […] South Ossetia region that Georgia had claimed was being occupied in...

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Dec 05, 2008

Abkhazia: Monkey Business Returns to Health

  Below is an article published by Eurasianet.org Russia’s recognition of Abkhazia as an independent state may have fired speculation about military bases and trade ties, but one interesting...

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Dec 01, 2008

Abkhazia: Georgia Severs Ties With Nicaragua

   Below is an article published by RIA Novosti:      Georgia has severed diplomatic ties with Nicaragua which has recognized  [Abkhazia and South Ossetia] as independent...

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Nov 25, 2008

Abkhazia: Russia Signs Friendship Treaty

  Below is an article published by RIA Novosti:Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed off on friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance treaties with [the] provinces of Abkhazia and...

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Nov 17, 2008

Abkhazia: Russian Recognition is Final

  Below is an article published by UPI.com:  Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said after the 22nd Russia-European Union summit that his country's recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia...

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Nov 13, 2008

Abkhazia: Treaties of Friendship

The article below was published by RT News: The upper chamber of the Russian Parliament, the Federation Council, has ratified the treaties of friendship, co-operation and mutual assistance with the Republics...

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Nov 10, 2008

Abkhazia: Russia to Open Military Bases

 Below is an article published by RIA News:Russia will open military bases in [...] Abkhazia and South Ossetia, in 2009, a source in the Russian Defense Ministry said Friday [7 November 2008].  The...

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Oct 24, 2008

Abkhazia: UN to Support Returnees

  Below is an article published by Reuters: The UN refugee agency plans next year [2009] to step up its support for tens of thousands of returnees in […] Abkhazia as part of a new approach...

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Oct 22, 2008

Abkhazia: Russia Appoints Ambassador

Russian newspapers reported yesterday [19 October 2008] that The Russian Federation would have its embassy in Abkhazia. Reportedly, Russian Diplomat, Simon Gregolyev will be appointed the ambassador...

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Oct 15, 2008

Abkhazia: Dispute over Participation

  Below is an article published by the International Herald Tribune:International talks about the future security and stability of the Caucuses region following the Georgian-Russian war in South...

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Oct 14, 2008

Abkhazia: UN Mission to Stay in Georgia

    Below is an article published by the World Bulletin: The U.N. Security Council on Thursday [9 October 2008] unanimously renewed the mandate of the U.N. mission in a Georgian...

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Oct 08, 2008

Abkhazia: Calls for Recognition in European P...

  Below is an article published by the EU Observer:Abkhazia would never accept a return to Georgia and still hopes for international recognition of its independence, as well as for the EU to...

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Oct 03, 2008

Abkhazia: Russia Retains Its Vote in PACE

Below is an article published by the Kommersant :The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) intends to demand that Russia reverse its recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and allow EU and...

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Sep 30, 2008

Abkhazia: EU Monitors Deployed

 Below is an article published by Reuters:An EU mission to monitor the ceasefire in Georgia is fully deployed and has met Russian forces to discuss their pullback from positions deep inside the Caucasus...

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Sep 24, 2008

Abkhazia: Armenia Can't Recognize Abkhazia before...

Below is an article published by the Huliq News :The President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan has declared that “the right of Nagorno Karabakh for self-determination should be recognized.”President...

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Sep 22, 2008

Abkhazia: Is Georgia Ready For NATO?

 Below is an article published by Newsweek:GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin made news when she confirmed her belief that Georgia belonged in NATO, even if it meant that "perhaps"...

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Sep 19, 2008

Abkhazia: OSCE Georgia Monitor Talks Suspende...

 Below is an article published by the Turkish Weekly:Talks between Russia and European officials on sending more monitors to Georgia have broken down over disagreements on which areas they would be...

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Sep 18, 2008

Abkhazia: UN Agencies to Visit

Below is an article published by Reuters :A group of U.N. humanitarian agencies will visit Abkhazia [..] to assess the situation after its war with Russia last month, the United Nations said on Tuesday...

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Sep 12, 2008

Abkhazia: Russians Leave Post

Below is an article published by USA Today :Russia's Defense Ministry said observations posts near South Ossetia and Abkhazia are beginning to be dismantled, news agencies reported Tuesday [12 September...

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Sep 09, 2008

Abkhazia: Russian Troops to Pull Out of Georgia...

Below is an article published by Radio Free Europe: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said Russian forces would be withdrawn from Georgia proper within one month.Speaking after talks on September...

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Sep 08, 2008

Abkhazia: Sarkozy On Peace Mission

Below is an article published by Radio Netherlands: French President Nicolas Sarkozy is travelling to Moscow and Tbilisi to discuss European Union plans for an end to the conflict between Russia and Georgia...

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Sep 08, 2008

Abkhazia: Russia Welcomes Nicaragua's Recognition...

Below is an article published by China View : Moscow welcomes Nicaragua’s decision to recognize South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday [6...

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Sep 05, 2008

South Ossetia and Abkhazia: Nicaragua Recognizes...

Below is an article published by The Herald Tribune. Nicaragua has recognized South Ossetia and Abkhazia, backing the Russian stance on the Georgian regions and siding with other leftist Latin American...

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Sep 02, 2008

ALDE Press Release: Georgia-Russia Dialogue must...

Below is an article published by the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe :The European Parliament is debating the crisis in Georgia this evening [01 September 2008] in Brussels in parallel to...

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Aug 25, 2008

Abkhazia: Russian MPs Back Abkhazia’s Wish...

Below is an article published by BBC News:The vote on the issue in the Federation Council is due to be followed shortly in the lower house - the State Duma.  The vote is not binding on the Kremlin,...

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Aug 18, 2008

Abkhazia: UN Is Still Divided Over Status

Below is an article published by the Gulf Times: A rift over the status of Georgia’s […] South Ossetia and Abkhazia enclaves stymied efforts by the UN Security Council yesterday to agree...

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Aug 15, 2008

Abkhazia: Ministry Demands Recognition Before...

Below is an article published by rbcnews.com: Abkhazia's Foreign Ministry has said in a statement that the recognition of the republic's independence was the main condition for opening talks...

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Aug 14, 2008

Abkhazia: Russia to Review Ossetia/Abkhazia S...

Below is an article published by Presna Latina: Russian Foreign Minister Serguei Lavrov called on Wednesday [13 August 2008] to re-examine the status of autonomous republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia...

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Aug 14, 2008

Georgia: Proceedings Against Russia Before IC...

Below is an article published by the Hague Justice Portal: Georgia has submitted an application against Russia at the International Court of Justice concerning Russia's interventions in South Ossetia...

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Aug 13, 2008

The Future of the Caucasus

The Hague, UNPO - Both of Georgia’s autonomous territories – South Ossetia and Abkhazia – have operated as functional and stable de facto governments since the early 1990s. Last week’s...

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Aug 12, 2008

Call To End All Hostilities in South Ossetia and...

Below is an article written by UNPO:Both of Georgia’s autonomous territories – South Ossetia and Abkhazia – have operated as functional and stable de facto governments since the early...

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Aug 11, 2008

Abkhazia: How to Improve Stability in the Cau...

To: Leaders of Countries  The people of Abkhazia, having survived many upheavals and sufferings in its millennial history, gone through the horrors of the past Georgian intervention in late...

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Aug 01, 2008

Abkhazia: High Level Talks Will Not Be Direct

Below is an article published by RIA Novosti:There will be no direct talks between Georgian and Abkhaz representatives at an upcoming meeting in Berlin, the president of the Georgian breakaway republic...

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Jul 25, 2008

Abkhazia: Russian railway troops to quit in A...

Below is an article published by Reuters :Russia will withdraw in early August [2008] around 400 soldiers sent to repair railways in Abkhazia, Russia's Defence Ministry said on Thursday [24 July 2008].Georgia...

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Jul 22, 2008

Abkhazia: Authorities reject German peace dea...

Below is an article published by ABC News : MOSCOW - A German plan to resolve the conflict between Georgia and [the] region of Abkhazia has been rejected by the [authorities]. German Foreign Minister...

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Jul 18, 2008

Abkhazia: German Proposal for End of Conflic...

Below is an article published by International Herald Tribune : An international proposal for resolving the conflict between Georgia and […] Abkhazia received mixed reviews Thursday...

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Jul 08, 2008

Abkhazia: West voices concern on violence

Below is an article published by: International Herald Tribune SUKHUMI, Georgia: The death toll from a bomb explosion in Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia has risen to four, officials said...

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Jul 07, 2008

Abkhazia: Blasts raise tension on Georgian border...

Below is an article published by the International Herald TribuneTBILISI, Georgia: Four bombs exploded Sunday [6 July 2008] in the tense border area between Georgia and […] Abkhazia, officials said,...

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Jul 07, 2008

STATEMENT OF THE ABKHAZ MINISTRY OF FOREIGN A...

Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Against the backdrop of heightened preparation by Georgia for a military aggression against Abkhazia, a series of terrorist acts in the cities...

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Jul 04, 2008

Abkhazia: Tales from the Black Sea

  Below is an article published by The Economist: At midday Ochamchira, in Abkhazia, is almost empty. A derelict cement tower and rusty fairground wheel are the backdrop to an empty stretch...

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Jul 01, 2008

Abkhazia: Sukhumi Closes Georgian Border

Below is an article published by Reuters: […] Abkhazia […]said on Monday [30 June 2008] it was sealing itself off from Georgian-controlled territory after a series of explosions that...

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Jun 30, 2008

Abkhazia: Six Injured in Blasts

Two bombs exploded in a resort town in […] Abkhazia province Sunday, wounding six people, regional officials said. Abkhazian authorities blamed Georgia's government for the blasts, which...

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Jun 27, 2008

Abkhazia: Medvedev Meets Bagapsh

Below is an extract from an article published by the International Herald Tribune: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev met on Thursday [26 June 2008] with the leader of […] Abkhazia, which recently...

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Jun 26, 2008

Abkhazia: Russia Investigating Gas Pipeline

Below is an extract of an article published by Reuters: Russia is looking into building a gas pipeline to […] Abkhazia. […] "There is an idea of building a gas pipeline...

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Jun 19, 2008

Abkhazia: Hosts Investment Forum

 Below is an article published by civil.ge: The chambers of trade and commerce of Russia’s North Caucasus republics, as well as a group of businessmen from Turkey are participating in the...

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Jun 18, 2008

Abkhazia: Abkhaz Leader to Visit Jordan

The winds of independence blowing from Kosovo to the Black Sea seem to have urged Abkhazia, […] to action. While there is a tendency to present Kosovo as a "particular example," the...

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Jun 14, 2008

Abkhazia: Ready to Receive International Flig...

The [...] region of Abkhazia is looking to 2014, when locals expect the Winter Olympics in a nearby Russian resort town to give the region an economic boost. To get ready, the airport in the de facto capital...

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Jun 06, 2008

Abkhazia: Georgia and Russia: Clashing over A...

Below is a media release published by International Crisis Group: Moscow and Tbilisi need to cease military preparations in and around Abkhazia and cool their rhetoric lest their increasingly dangerous...

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May 31, 2008

Abkhazia: A ‘Kosova’ Solution on the Hori...

Below is a article released by Gazeta and published by RIA Novosti: Ambassadors from 15 countries of the European Union will come to Sukhumi, capital of breakaway republic Abkhazia, on Friday [30...

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May 24, 2008

Abkhazia: President Assesses Current Situatio...

Below is a speech by President Sergei Bagapsh published by Eurasian Home Analytical Resource: Now the situation in Abkhazia is calm and under control. Several meetings with the Western policy-makers...

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May 12, 2008

Abkhazia: US Envoy Arrives in Abkhazia

Below is an article published by the International Herald Tribune:  A senior U.S. envoy traveled to […] Abkhazia on Saturday [10 May 2008] seeking to quell spiraling tensions between the...

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Apr 23, 2008

Abkhazia: Georgia Favours Peaceful Settlement

Below is an article published by ITAR-TASS News Agency:  Georgia favours the peaceful settlement of the Abkhazian and South Ossetian conflicts, State Minister for Reintegration Temuri Yakobashvili...

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Apr 18, 2008

Abkhazia: Legal Links With Russia Expand

Below is an article released by Reuters and published by the Turkish Daily News: Russia announced yesterday [16 April 2008] it will establish legal links with Georgia's breakaway regions of Abkhazia...

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Apr 15, 2008

Abkhazia: Back On the UN Table

Below is an article published by RIA Novosti: The UN Security Council will hold consultations on Monday [21 April 2008] to discuss the situation in the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict zone. The discussion...

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Apr 09, 2008

Abkhazia: $300m Windfall Expected From 2014 Sochi...

Below is an article published by Civil Georgia: Abkhazia expects at least USD 300 million of Russian investments as a result of the region’s involvement in preparations for the 2014 Sochi Winter...

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Apr 07, 2008

Abkhazia: UN Report Welcomes Security Gains

Below is an article published by Civil.ge: Relatively stable security situation in the Abkhaz conflict zone in last few months can contribute to improving relations between the sides, UN Secretary-General...

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Apr 05, 2008

Abkhazia: Russia Supports Abkhazia and South ...

Below is an article written by Jason Cooper and published by Tiraspol Times:Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia will provide all necessary support and assistance to the republics of Abkhazia...

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Apr 02, 2008

Abkhazia: Nato Should Consider Membership Car...

Below is a letter issued by the President of the Republic of Abkhazia:   TO: SECRETARY-GENERAL OF NATO, MR. JAAP DE HOOP SCHEFFER TO: NATO COUNTRIES REPRESENTATIVES   Dear Mr. Jaap de...

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Apr 01, 2008

Abkhazia: Georgia Ups Its Offer

Below is an article written by Eter Tsotniashvili and published by The Messenger: President Mikheil Saakashvili offered “unlimited autonomy” and a free economic zone for Abkhaz in a March...

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Mar 26, 2008

Abkhazia: Parliament Calls For Recognition By...

Below is a statement issued by the Peoples Assembly of the Parliament of the Republic of Abkhazia:   TO THE GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE UNITED NATIONS, CHAIRMAN OF SECURITY COUNSEL OF THE UNITED...

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Mar 25, 2008

Abkhazia: Duma Urges Russian Recognition

Below is an article written by Christina Tashkevich and published by The Messenger : The Georgian parliament refrained from an immediate response after the Duma, in a March 21 [2008] resolution,...

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Mar 18, 2008

Abkhazia: Duma Develops Its Engagement Policy

Russia’s parliament, the Duma, has begun consideration of three options designed to increase cooperation between itself and Abkhazia. Below is an article published by ITAR/TASS: The State Duma...

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Mar 13, 2008

Abkhazia: Russian Relations Grow

As the Russian Federation plans to open a mission in Abkhazia the question must be how ties will go beyond this ‘Taiwan approach’? Below is an article published by the Regnum News Agency: After...

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Mar 10, 2008

Abkhazia: Georgian MPs Prepare Statement

Russia’s lifting of sanctions has raised speculation over Georgia’s possible reaction – we may not have long to find out. Below is an article published by The Georgian Times: Georgian...

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Mar 08, 2008

Abkhazia: International Recognition Beckoning...

As the parliament issues a statement to world leaders, Abkhazia’s de facto authorities wait for the international response to their calls for recognition. Below is an article first published by...

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Mar 07, 2008

Abkhazia: Russian Sanctions Lifted

After twelve years, Russia declares it is time to lift sanctions placed on Abkhazia by the CIS and urges other states to follow.  Below is an article published by Civil Georgia: The Foreign Ministry...

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Feb 14, 2008

Abkhazia: Friendly Overtures From Georgia?

Recent announcements may be a step toward normalizing transport and crucial economic relations between Georgia and Abkhazia. Below is an article published by Moscow Times: Georgia is prepared to lift...

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Jan 11, 2008

Abkhazia: Cooperation Grows

Following a visit by UNPO Member representative Mr Maxim Gunjia, Northern Cyprus will soon host an office representing Abkhazia. Below is an article published by Civil Georgia: The Abkhaz authorities...

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Oct 31, 2007

Abkhazia: Worries Over Georgian Military Bui...

The Abkhaz president has expressed his concerns to a UN official about evidence of increasing military spending by Georgia, fearing that it represents the intention of Georgia to take imminent military...

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Aug 29, 2007

Abkhazia: Journalists Ask for Greater Freedo...

Journalists have stated the need for the media to operate unrestricted and independently. Meeting with the journalists, the President has shown himself willing to address their concerns. Below is an article...

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Aug 15, 2007

Abkhazia: Georgian Ex-President Points Finge...

On the 15th anniversary of the Georgian-Abkhaz war, Georgian ex-president Shevardnadze appears to blame the former Commander-in-Chief for provoking armed conflict. Below is an article published by the...

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Aug 14, 2007

Abkhazia: Students Commemorate War

Students have commemorated the 15th anniversary of the Abkhaz-Georgian war. For the first time, Georgian journalists have also been able to attend and cover events. Below is an article published by the...

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Aug 10, 2007

Abkhazia: UN Report Calls for Cooperation

The latest report of the United Nations Secretary General on Abkhazia called for more cooperation, in particular from Georgia, and resume dialogue with Abkhazia. Below are extracts of an article written...

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Aug 07, 2007

Abkhazia: Hopeful ahead of Olympic Preparatio...

The president of Abkhazia, Sergey Bagapsh, has stated a desire to work with Russian companies providing building materials for the 2014 Winter Olympics in nearby Sochi. Below is an article written by...

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Aug 03, 2007

Abkhazia: Concerns over NATO Centre

Abkhazia’s Foreign Ministry has expressed concerns about unveiling a NATO information centre in the Kodori Gorge, concerned by Georgia’s increasing military presence. Below is an article...

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Jul 25, 2007

Abkhazia: Mixed Reactions to UN Report

The UN’s Secretary General’s report on Abkhazia was met with criticism by Georgian officials reluctant to engage with the UN. Below is an article published by Civil Georgia: There has been...

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Jul 13, 2007

Abkhazia: Premier Injured in Attack

The Premier of Abkhazia was injured as assailants fired a grenade launcher at the car carrying the Premier. This attack seems to constitute the fourth assassination attempt in two years time. Below is...

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Jul 10, 2007

Abkhazia: Moscow Mayor Pledges Investment

Yesterday [9 July 2007], the Mayor of Moscow announced plans to carry out various investment projects in Abkhazia in the energy and healthcare sectors. Below are extracts from an article published by...

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Jul 06, 2007

Abkhazia: Hopes Placed on the “Olympic Effe...

The selection of Sochi to host the 2014 Winter Olympics has strengthened hopes of international recognition for neighbouring Abkhazia as it will grant the de facto state global visibility. Below is an...

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Jul 02, 2007

Abkhazia: Indirect Talks With Georgia

A step was taken in the direction of resuming direct Abkhaz-Georgian talks last week as “the group of friends” discussed the region's situation in the presence of ministers from both countries. Below...

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Jun 19, 2007

Abkhazia: Call For Peaceful Settlement of Territorial...

In a declaration signed by four unrecognized republics, Abkhazia’s Foreign Minister has called for a peaceful and fair settlement to their territorial conflict with Georgia. Below are extracts from...

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Jun 05, 2007

Abkhazia: Kosova’s Independence Will Help

In a joint statement, the leaders of Abkhazia and South Ossetia have declared that the independence of Kosova should help them get international recognition. Below is an article published by The Moscow...

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May 28, 2007

Abkhazia: Georgia Promises Autonomy

In a statement made last Saturday (26 May 2007), the Georgian President promised real self-government for Abkhazia, as long as the region remains part of Georgia. Below is an extract from an article published...

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May 24, 2007

Abkhazia: President Meets US Ambassador

Abkhazia’s President Sergei Bagapsh has met with US Ambassador John Tefft, discussing the resumption of talks with Georgia. Below is an article published by Civil.ge: John Tefft, the U.S. ambassador...

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May 14, 2007

Abkhazia: Abkhaz Leader Met UN Envoy

Abkhaz Leader Sergei Bagapsh met Jean Arnault the United Nations’ representative in Georgia and demanded the withdrawal of Georgia troops from the Upper Kodori Gorge. Below is an article published...

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Apr 12, 2007

Abkhazia: Reactions to Visa Denial

Below is an article published by Radio Free Europe: The row erupted at the United Nations in New York on April 10 over why a leader of the Russian-backed Abkhaz separatist region had not received a U.S....

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Apr 11, 2007

Abkhazia: Appeal to UN Security Council

Below is a statement issued by Sergey M. Shamba, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia, addressed to the United Nations Security Council: The Georgian-Abkhaz war ended on 30 September 1993, and the...

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Apr 10, 2007

Abkhazia: Delegation Denied US Access

Below is an article published by RIA Novosti: The United States has once again denied an Abkhazian delegation an entry visa to attend a UN Security Council meeting on the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict,...

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Mar 23, 2007

Abkhazia: EU Representative Proposes Greater...

Below is an extract from an article written by Ekaterina Basilaia, published by The Messenger; Peter Semnebey, EU special representative to the South Caucasus, has announced a new plan to deepen EU involvement...

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Mar 21, 2007

Abkhazia: Campaign for Reconciliation

Below is an article published by Alternative Start; We, representatives of the Georgian Society, consider it is necessary to make this appeal and launch a campaign to bring back the trust between Georgian...

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Mar 20, 2007

Abkhazia: Elects New Parliament

Below is an article published by Reuters; Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia elected a new parliament in a run-off vote at the weekend, the region's government said on Monday, 19th March. All...

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Mar 19, 2007

Abkhazia: Polls Open for Second Round

Below is an extract from an article published by ITAR-TASS;   SUKHUMI, March 18 (Itar-Tass) - Polling stations opened in 17 constituencies of Abkhazia […] in the second round of general elections...

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Mar 05, 2007

Abkhazia: Elections A Success

Below is an excerpt from an article published by The Tiraspol Times: Residents of Abkhazia went to the polls Sunday [4 March 2007] to vote for parliament in elections that the unrecognized country's president...

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Mar 02, 2007

Abkhazia: Elections on the Horizon

Below is an excerpt from an article published by The Tiraspol Times: A total of 119 candidates will be running for 35 seats in the Abkhaz Parliament this Sunday: The elections to the National Assembly...

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Feb 23, 2007

Abkhazia: Human Rights Monitored

Below is an article published by Peace Journalism;   Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights, has returned from a visit to Georgia. The Commissioner focused his...

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Feb 15, 2007

Abkhazia: UN Brokers Dialog

Below is an article published by UN News Service: A United Nations-backed group of countries involved in the peace process between the Georgian Government and Abkhaz separatists have called on both...

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Feb 13, 2007

Abkhazia: Assessment of Human Rights

Below is an article published by Civil Georgia: CoE [Council of Europe] Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg will visit Georgia on February 12-18 to assess the human rights situation in the...

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Jan 30, 2007

Abkhazia: Russia Denies Plans

Below is an article published by Relief Web: Speculations about Moscow drafting a proposal on Abkhazia and South Ossetia status are "exaggerated," but if the sides agree on a solution for...

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Jan 26, 2007

Abkhazia: UN Reports Progress

Below is an article written by Ekaterina Basilaia published by The Messenger: Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General discussed on 24 January at the Security Council session the implementation of United Nations...

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Jan 24, 2007

Abkhazia: EU Explores Options

Below is an article published by Civil Georgia: The European Union is looking into possibilities on how breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia can benefit from EU’s Neighborhood Policy (ENP) with...

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Jan 24, 2007

Abkhazia: Reaction of Solidarity

Bellow is a letter authored by Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Republic of Abkhazia, Maxim Gunjia, addressed to Mr. Paul Biya, President of Cameroon: Your Excellency, I apply to Your kind attention...

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Jan 22, 2007

Abkhazia: Aim for a Multiethnic Parliament

Below is an article published by Caucaz Europe News: Abkhaz leader Sergey Bagapsh said that there is “a gentleman’s agreement” between the political forces in Abkhazia which will help...

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Jan 19, 2007

Abkhaz: Report Urges Cooperation From All

Below is a report published by International Crisis Group: Fourteen years of negotiation, led alternately by the UN and Russia, have done little to resolve the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict. There have been...

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Jan 17, 2007

Abkhazia: UN Calls for Peace Dialog

Below is an article published by the Journal of Turkish Weekly; UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon expressed concern with recent acts of violence in the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict zone and called the...

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Jan 12, 2007

Abkhazia: “Spiral of Tension” Continues

Below is an article published by the ITAR-TASS News Agency; TBILISI - Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili visited the Georgian-controlled upper part of the Kodori Gorge on Thursday [11 January 2007]. The...

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Dec 26, 2006

Abkhazia: Abkhazia Signs Treaty with Pridnes...

On a state visit in Pridnestrovie, the President of Abkhazia signed a bilateral cooperation treaty. The two countries are next in line for international recognition. Both have made important democracy...

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Dec 22, 2006

Abkhazia: FC Draws Statement on Abkhazian, Ossetian...

The Federation Council upper house of the Russian parliament prepared a statement in connection with the independence referenda in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The statement is expected to be approved...

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Dec 19, 2006

Abkhazia-Georgia Dialogue Held in Cyprus

Below is a Press Release by the Berghof Foundation for Peace Support on the the workshop conducted in Nicosia, Cyprus from 8 - 12 December 2006:  Press Release   “Berghof Process” in...

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Dec 18, 2006

Abkhazia: Elections to Be Held Early 2007

Below is an article published by the Abkhazian Government : Abkhazia's local government administration elections will be held on 11 February 2007, with parliamentary elections scheduled...

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Dec 11, 2006

Abkhazia: Russian Duma Calls for Recognition

Below is an article published by The Messenger: A "big mistake" that will bring Russia "disastrous results", designed purposefully to "provoke Georgia"-this is how Georgian...

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Dec 08, 2006

Abkhazia: Rallies For Independence

Thousands of people have staged a rally for independence in Abkhazia, which has been struggling to break away from Georgia since the war in the 1990s. The Abkhaz separatist president, Sergei Bagapsh, said...

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Dec 01, 2006

Abkhazia: Tbilisi Voices Readiness to Hold Talks...

Below is an article published on the Civil GE website: Georgian Foreign Minister Gela Bezhuashvili said on November 30 that the Georgian side is ready to resume talks with the Abkhaz side “without...

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Nov 20, 2006

Abkhazia: Troops Must Withdraw Before Talks

Below is an article published by RIA Novosti: MOSCOW - Abkhazia's leader said Friday the breakaway region will not restart talks with Georgia until it withdraws its troops from the Kodori Gorge,...

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Nov 17, 2006

Abkhazia: Leaders Meet to Discuss Cooperati...

Below is an article published by Interfax: MOSCOW - The leaders of the three breakaway republics of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Transdniestria are meeting in Moscow to discuss trilateral cooperation. The...

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Nov 16, 2006

Abkhazia: Saakashvili Vows Peace Settlement

Below is an article published by ITAR-TASS News Agency: STRASBOURG, November 14 (Itar-Tass) -- Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has assured European Parliament deputies of the readiness to resolve...

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Nov 01, 2006

Abkhazia: UNPO VIII GA Adopts Resolution on Situation...

A central component of the VIII UNPO General Assembly, held this year in Taipei, Taiwan, from 27 – 29 October, was to facilitate the discussion of specific problems facing UNPO Members, as well...

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Oct 30, 2006

Abkhazia: Return to Talks if Tbilisi Complies...

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...

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Oct 23, 2006

Abkhazia: Leader Says Independence Inevitable

Abkhaz leader Sergey Bagapsh said on October 20 that Abkhazia’s independence will be recognized no matter what will be an outcome of the talks over Kosovo status, Apsnipress news agency reported...

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Oct 18, 2006

Abkhazia: UN Adopts Resolution with Focus on...

The UN Security Council adopted a resolution on Abkhazia on October 13 calling on Georgia to refrain from “provocative actions, especially in upper Kodori” Gorge, and noting the Russian...

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Oct 18, 2006

Kosova: Status Talks May Run on Beyond Year-End...

LUXEMBOURG The European Union acknowledged Tuesday that U.N.-led talks to agree on Kosovo's status may run past a year-end deadline because of expected elections in Serbia. Status talks, led by former...

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Oct 16, 2006

Abkhazia: Public Urges Russia to Recognize I...

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...

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Oct 16, 2006

Abkhazia: UN Extends Peacekeeping Mission

The U.N. Security Council has extended the mandate of its peacekeeping mission in Georgia's breakaway republic of Abkhazia. The Council adopted a resolution urging Georgia to refrain from provocative...

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Oct 16, 2006

Ingushetia: Russian Police Forces Break Up Rally...

NALCHIK, Russia (AP) -- Police in the troubled North Caucasus region of Ingushetia on Monday arrested rights activists and violently broke up a rally in memory of slain reporter Anna Politkovskaya, a critic...

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Oct 09, 2006

Abkhazia: Annan Gives Warning on Tensions

There is a risk that the already tense situation between the Georgian and Abkhaz sides will become more volatile, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said in his recent report to the Security Council on the...

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Sep 26, 2006

Abkhazia: UN Asked to Urge Georgia to Honor Effective...

SUKHUMI, September 25 (Itar-Tass) - Foreign Ministry of the unrecognized Republic of Abkhazia has asked the United Nations to give an unbiased assessment to Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili's speech...

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Sep 18, 2006

International Crisis Group's Report: Abkhazia...

Conflict over Abkhazia, squeezed between the Black Sea and the Caucasus mountains, has festered since the 1992-1993 fighting. Internationally recognised as part of Georgia and largely destroyed, with half...

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Sep 12, 2006

Abkhazia: Continue Talks with Georgia Only Under...

MOSCOW, September 11 (Itar-Tass) - Abkhazia will continue talks with Georgia's central government only on the condition that the terms of previous agreements of peace settlement of the Georgian-Abkhazian...

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Sep 10, 2006

Abkhazia: Georgia Agree to Resume Talks

SUKHUMI, September 9 (RIA Novosti) - Abkhazia's foreign minister and Georgia's state minister for conflict resolution agreed Saturday at a meeting in the UN mission headquarters in Sukhumi to resume talks. "The...

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Sep 01, 2006

Abkhazia: Visit by New UN Envoy

Newly appointed UN Secretary General’s Special Representative in Georgia, French diplomat Jean Arnault met with breakaway Abkhaz Foreign Minister Sergey Shamba in Sokhumi on August 28, Apsnipress news...

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Sep 01, 2006

Abkhazia: Echoing Kosova?

Abkhazia's case for independence from Georgia has echoes of Kosovo's from Serbia, reports Thomas de Waal from the Black Sea territory. Below article, written by Thomas de Waal, was published by Open...

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Aug 29, 2006

Abkhazia: UN's New Georgia Representative Visits...

The UN secretary-general's newly appointed special representative in Georgia has met with the foreign minister of the breakaway region of Abkhazia. UN official Jean Arnault followed talks with Sergei...

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Aug 25, 2006

Abkhazia: Georgia Ready for UN Monitoring in...

Georgian State Minister for Conflict Resolution Merab Antadze said Tbilisi is ready for the U.N. monitoring in the upper part of the Kodori gorge. Upon completion of a session of the coordinating group...

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Aug 15, 2006

Abkhazia: Marking of 14th Anniversary

Abkhazia on Monday marked the 14th anniversary of the beginning of the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict. The un-recognized republic regards this day as the day of remembrance of Fatherlands protectors. On...

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Aug 09, 2006

Abkhazia: Russia Calls On Georgia, Abkhazia to...

"We want to return the negotiating process back to a normal track," Grigory Karasin told journalists at the end of a two-day visit to Abkhazia, where he held talks on restarting the peace process between...

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Aug 07, 2006

Georgia, Abkhazia Delegations Meeting in Presence...

A meeting of Georgian and Abkhazian delegations, representatives of the Collective Peacekeeping Forces and of the UN military observer mission began in the village of Chuburkhindzhi in Abkhazia on Thursday....

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Aug 02, 2006

Abkhazia: Georgia Planning Provocation in Gali...

"The latest reports suggest that 600 members of the Georgian groups White Legion and Forest Brothers have gathered in Georgia's Zugdidi district on the border with Abkhazia to destabilize the situation...

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Jul 28, 2006

Abkhazia: Georgia 'Recaptures' Rebel Gorge

Georgia says its troops have regained control over a strategic gorge in the breakaway Abkhazia region after three days of clashes with a rebel group. One woman was killed and two Georgian soldiers...

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Jul 26, 2006

Tensions Rise in Georgian Region Bordering A...

Georgia's Imedi television channel says 500 Georgian troops headed to the Kodori Gorge early on July 25, lending credence to claims by authorities in the breakaway republic of Abkhazia that Georgia is...

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Jul 25, 2006

Russian Peacekeepers in Abkhazia's Kodori Gorge...

Two checkpoints of Russian peacekeepers in the Kodori Gorge in Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia have been put on high alert over fears of escalating tensions, a peacekeeper said Monday 24 July....

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Jul 20, 2006

Abkhazia on Call For Russian Forces to Withd...

The leader of Georgia's Abkhazia region today denounced the Georgian parliament's call for Russian peacekeepers to withdraw from the breakaway region. President Sergei Bagapsh called the parliament's...

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Jul 20, 2006

Abkhaz MPs Urge International Community to Recognise...

The Abkhazian parliament has called on the leadership of all countries, including Russia to immediately launch the process of official recognition of independence of the Republic of Abkhazia, which will...

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Jul 19, 2006

Abkhazia: Official Comments on Peacekeepers

Each of the conflicting party has a right to push for Russian peacekeepers withdrawal from the Abkhaz conflict zone, but final decision should be passed by the heads of CIS member countries, Sergey Shamba,...

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Jul 18, 2006

Abkhazia: Development Aid Can Be Geared Toward...

Georgia is preparing to exercise its sovereign right to demand the termination of Russian peacekeeping operations on its territory and their replacement with genuine international peacekeeping missions....

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Jul 05, 2006

Abkhazia: Speakers Meet in Moscow, Agree on ...

Parliament Speakers of breakaway Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Transdnestria signed an agreement on cooperation in Moscow on July 4, Interfax news agency reported. We support the relations among our...

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Jul 03, 2006

Abkhazia: Georgia and Abkhazia Discuss Situation...

Georgia and Abkhazia have discussed the situation in the conflict zone at a meeting of the Coordinating Councils security group. The first meeting in the past five years was held at the Gali office of...

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Jun 29, 2006

Abkhazia: Conference on "Perspectives for Georgia...

On June 24-27 a conference on "Perspectives for Georgia and Abkhazia in context of the Black Sea integration" with the participation of representatives of Abkhazia, Georgia, Russia, Turkey, the European...

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Jun 26, 2006

Background Briefing for the Government of Abkhazia...

INTRODUCTION (1) Following memorandum seeks to outline several possible forms of special constitutional relations (confederalism, federalism, autonomy) as they exist or have existed internationally....

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Apr 14, 2006

Abkhazia: Russia Lifts Limits Entry

The government of Abkhazia is satisfied with the decision of the Russian party, Kristian Bjania, representative of the de facto president of Abkhazia was quoted as saying. “We...

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Apr 10, 2006

Abkhazia: The Question of UN Governance

During a 29 March news conference at UN headquarters in New York, Revaz Adamia, Georgia's permanent representative to the United Nations, stated that Georgia would not oppose temporary UN governance...

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Apr 07, 2006

Abkhazia: Dutch Government to Participate in Implementation...

The Dutch government is ready to continue participation in implementation of short-term projects in Abkhazia, Deputy Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Georgia Janet Alberdu said at...

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Apr 06, 2006

Abkhazia: Russia to Discuss Draft Statement on...

The Russian State Duma Council is likely to discuss a draft statement prepared by member of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) State Duma faction Alexei Mitrofanov on Georgian President...

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Apr 03, 2006

Abkhazia: UN Security Council Adopts Standard...

The UN Security Council adopted a resolution on March 31 reaffirming its support to Georgia’s territorial integrity and peaceful resolution of Abkhaz conflict and extending mandate of UN...

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Mar 30, 2006

Abkhazia: Extension Mandate of UN Mission to Be...

The UN Security Council will adopt a resolution on extension of the mandate of the UN observers mission in the self-acclaimed republic Abkhazia on March 30. The mandate expires on March 31....

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Mar 29, 2006

Abkhazia: Russia Blocks Georgia from UN Abkhazia...

At a closed-door session on March 28, the UN Security Council discussed a text of the resolution on Abkhazia, but the Georgian envoy was blocked by the Russian side from attending these...

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Mar 27, 2006

Abkhazia: UN Security Council to Prolong Observers...

The UN Security Council is to adopt a resolution on March 30 to prolong the mandate of the UN Observers in Abkhazia expiring on March 31. The situation in Georgia will be discussed at the...

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Mar 24, 2006

Abkhazia: Deeper EU Engagement in South Caucasus...

The future of the South Caucasus hinges on the sound resolution of its ethnic conflicts, said the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia on a recent visit to Yerevan. "The...

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Mar 23, 2006

Abkhazia: EU Can Play Mediator Role in Nagorno-Karabakh...

Yesterday International Crisis Group’s (ICG) report on “The EU’s role in conflict resolution in the South Caucasus” prepared on account of the EU grant was represented in...

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Mar 20, 2006

Abkhazia: Georgia Rebuffs Negotiations

The Foreign Ministry of Georgia lashed out at Moscow blaming on it the absence of constructive approach to resolving the conflict between Georgia and Abkhazia. The accusing statements were made...

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Mar 10, 2006

Abkhazia: More Efforts Needed for Conflict Settlement...

The United States believes Russia is not doing enough to resolve regional conflicts in Georgia, a senior State Department official said Wednesday. Assistant Secretary of State for European and...

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Mar 03, 2006

Abkhazia: Leader Presses Independence Claim

By Thomas de Waal in Sukhumi The precedent of the possible international recognition of Kosovo strengthens Abkhazia’s claim to independence from Georgia, the leader of Abkhazia ...

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Mar 02, 2006

Abkhazia: Norway Interested in Development In...

The Kingdom of Norway is interested in development of infrastructure in Samtske-Javakheti region of Georgia. The corresponding statement was made by Steiner Gill, Norwegian Ambassador to Azerbaijan...

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Mar 01, 2006

Abkhazia: Leader Comments on Russo-Georgian T...

"If war breaks out in Tskhinvali it will spread across the entire Caucasus," de facto president of the breakaway Abkhaz Republic Sergei Bagapsh told the Russian newspaper Vremya Novosti...

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Feb 24, 2006

Abkhazia: Facing Threat of Military Aggressio...

Untitled Document “At the moment Georgia is not interested in war against Abkhazia as it lacks necessary sources,” Russian mass media says as quoting Sergei Shamba, de...

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Feb 23, 2006

Abkhazia: UN Envoy Meets Abkhaz Officials

UN Secretary General’s Special Representative to Georgia Heidi Tagliavini met with Abkhaz Foreign Minister Sergey Shamba and Prime Minister Alexander Ankvab on February 21 in Sokhumi and...

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Feb 17, 2006

Abkhazia: Anticipating Possible Aggression by...

Abkhazia does not rule out Georgia might launch a military attack and therefore is taking measures to reinforce its defense capability. "Taking into account the current situation, Abkhazia...

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Feb 08, 2006

Abkhazia: Geneva Talks Prompt Cautious Note of...

Untitled Document The most recent round of negotiations between Georgia and Abkhazia concluded on February 3 in Geneva where a two-day series of meetings was held under the aegis...

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Feb 06, 2006

Abkhazia: Group of Friends of UN Secretary-General...

The senior representatives of the Group of the Friends of the Secretary-General (Germany, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States) met in Geneva on 2...

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Feb 03, 2006

Abkhazia: Putins Remark Sparks Debate on Self-determination...

  Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

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Feb 02, 2006

Abkhazia: Putin Touches on Question of Indepe...

Russian President Vladimir Putin held little back on Tuesday as he criticized Georgia for being ungrateful for his country's effort to repair a damaged gas pipeline last week and suggested that...

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Feb 01, 2006

Abkhazia: UN Security Council Resolution on G...

On January 31, the UN Security Council will adopt another resolution on the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict. While the bi-annual resolution and a parallel report by the UN Secretary General happen...

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Jan 30, 2006

Abkhazia: Russia Raises Fears over Breakaway ...

Russia has withdrawn support for an international plan to grant autonomy to the breakaway Georgian province of Abkhazia, raising fears it could shift its backing more clearly towards Abkhazian...

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Jan 25, 2006

Abkhazia: Tbilisi to Fight Crime in Conflict Zone...

Untitled Document Abkhazia and Tbilisi have agreed at a Tuesday meeting to step up bilateral and multilateral cooperation in the response to crime in the conflict zone, primarily...

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Jan 24, 2006

Abkhazia: Bagapsh Offers Measures to Foster Conflict...

In a letter sent to the UN Security Council, Abkhaz leader Sergey Bagapsh outlined Sokhumi’s “action plan” which should help to solve the conflict, the Abkhaz news agency Apsnipress...

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Jan 23, 2006

Abkhazia: Wants to Attend UN Security Council...

The president of Abkhazia is asking permission to send envoys to the UN Security Council when the 20-member body examines the situation in the unrecognized Georgian separatist republic later this...

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Jan 20, 2006

Abkhazia: Russian Peacekeepers Boost Security

Russian peacekeepers in Abkhazia have reinforced security measures near the demarcation line that separates the breakaway Black Sea province from Georgia. Russia's ITAR-TASS news agency on 19...

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Dec 27, 2005

Abkhazia: UN Official Visits Sokhumi, Discusses...

Abkhaz leader Sergey Bagapsh reiterated at the meeting with Walter Kalin, Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the human rights of Internally Displaced Persons, in Sokhumi on December...

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Dec 23, 2005

Abkhazia: Visit from UN IDP Officer

Tbilisi (Prime-News) - Walter Kalin, Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the human rights of Internally Displaced Persons visited breakaway republic of Abkhazia on Thursday to meet...

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Dec 21, 2005

Abkhazia: President Makes Non-Aggression Pact...

The president of the separatist republic of Abkhazia says he will meet with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili only if Saakashvili makes a written pledge to not resume military hostilities....

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Dec 12, 2005

Abkhazia: Green Light for European Aid

A new aid program with European-backing is set to invest approximately EURO 4 million in the Abkhaz conflict zone over the next two years and EURO 25 million over the next eight years. The agreement...

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Dec 07, 2005

UN-European Commission Joint Rehabilitation Program...

A joint rehabilitation program by the UN observers’ mission, the European Commission and the UNDP will be implemented in the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict zone. The corresponding agreement...

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Nov 18, 2005

Abkhazia: UN Concerned about Situation in Georgian-Abkhaz...

SUKHUMI (RIA Novosti, Ruslan Tarba) - The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is concerned about the escalating conflict between Georgia and Abkhazia, a self-declared republic in the North Caucasus,...

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Oct 31, 2005

Abkhazia: Georgians to receive Documents on Residence...

The parliament speaker of the breakaway region of Abkhazia Nugzar Aushba has made comment regarding the newly adopted law on citizenship. Aushba said that "The adoption of Russian citizenship...

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Oct 26, 2005

Abkhazia: Adopts Law on Citizenship

The Parliament of breakaway Abkhazia adopted a law on citizenship on October 24 with its third and final reading, the Abkhaz news agency Apsnipress reported. According to the draft law, the...

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Oct 10, 2005

Abkhazia: Opposition Forces Unite into Single...

All the opposition forces in the self-proclaimed Republic of Abkhazia have held the founding congress of a new public and political movement, the Forum of People’s Unity of Abkhazia (FPUA)....

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Sep 28, 2005

Abkhazia: 12th Anniversary of 'Liberation' of...

Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia on Tuesday marked the 12th anniversary since its troops forced out Georgian government forces from the provincial capital of Sukhumi. The city fell to local...

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Sep 20, 2005

Abkhazia and South Ossetia Signed an Agreement...

Untitled Document Abkhazia and South Ossetia support each other's aspiration to independence, Abkhazian President Sergei Bagapsh told Interfax on Monday. Bagapsh said he would come...

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Sep 15, 2005

Abkhazia: Visit of Georgian Defense Minister

Yesterday Russian Foreign Ministry expressed concern with active participation of NATO countries in process of arming Georgia. According to Moscow, this fact can push Tbilisi to use a force against...

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Sep 05, 2005

Abkhazia: Moscow Demands End to Georgian Provocations...

Moscow is demanding that Georgia immediately end provocations targeting peacekeepers and return cargo that has been detained, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday. On August 31, Georgia stopped...

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Aug 04, 2005

Abkhazia to Hold Talks on Security Guarantees...

Representatives of Georgia and the breakaway region of Abkhazia are due to meet in Tbilisi on Thursday to consider guarantees of security and of the non-resumption of Georgian- Abkhaz hostilities,...

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Jul 11, 2005

Abkhaz Leader Ready For Talks 'On Equal Terms...

Sergei Bagapsh said any such negotiations would be "on equal terms." Bagapsh also said yesterday that his government's stance has not changed, and that it is seeking to build an independent...

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Jul 07, 2005

Abkhazia: OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Adopts Resolution...

Untitled Document The Washington Declaration, adopted by the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly on July 5, states that “the continued lack of progress on key issues of comprehensive...

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Jul 04, 2005

Abkhazia: Georgia Pushes Policy of "Pro-Active...

Untitled Document By Eric A. Miller Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili’s administration continues to probe for ways to restore its authority in Abkhazia. A top Georgian ...

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Jun 16, 2005

Abkhazia Visited by UK Special Envoy for South...

Untitled Document Sir Brian Fall, who is the United Kingdom's Special Representative for the South Caucasus, met with the leadership of breakaway Abkhazia in the capital Sokhumi...

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Jun 13, 2005

Abkhaz and South Ossetian Leaders Advocate Closer...

Untitled Document In a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin, President of breakaway Abkhazia Sergey Bagapsh stressed that the Abkhaz people are “unanimous in [their]...

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Jun 11, 2005

Abkhazia and Georgia Agree on Cooperation in Energy...

Untitled Document Georgian Energy Minister Nika Gilauri and Vice Premier of breakaway Abkhazia Leonid Lakerbaia agreed on June 8 in Sokhumi, that the Abkhaz authorities will pay...

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Jun 06, 2005

Abkhazia: Council of Europe Draft Report Criticizes...

Untitled Document A draft report by the monitoring committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe (PACE) on the honoring of obligations and commitments by...

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Jun 02, 2005

Abkhazia: Turkey Offers to Mediate Talks with...

Untitled Document Turkey has offered to mediate talks between Georgia and Abkhazia, which unilaterally declared its independence, to find a peaceful solution. Nugzar...

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May 12, 2005

Abkhazia: Tbilisi and Sokhumi to Discuss Security...

Untitled Document Georgian State Minister for Conflict Resolution Issues Goga Khaindrava will visit the Gali district of breakaway Abkhazia on May 12 to participate in UN-organized...

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May 05, 2005

Abkhazia Government in Exile to Brief UN Security...

Untitled Document Chairman of the Tbilisi-based Abkhaz government-in-exile Irakli Alasania, who is also the Georgian President’s representative at the Abkhaz peace talks, will...

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May 05, 2005

Abkhazia: Security Council Voices Support for...

Untitled Document The members of the Security Council today voiced their continued support for United Nations efforts to build trust between the Georgian and Abkhaz sides for meaningful...

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May 04, 2005

Abkhazia: Annan Calls Abkhazia Peace Talks En...

Untitled Document In his latest report issued on April 25 UN Secretary General Kofi Annan noted that there have been encouraging signals from both the Georgian and Abkhaz sides of...

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Apr 27, 2005

Akhazia: Situation of Internally Displaced from...

Untitled Document By Yodit Fitigu, a McCall-Pierpaoli Fellow with Refugees International Why are they forgotten? An estimated 300,000 people were displaced as a result of Georgia’s...

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Apr 21, 2005

Abkhazia Opposed to Presence of Ukrainian Pea...

Untitled Document Abkhazia said it is opposed to the sending of Ukrainian peacekeepers to the zone of Georgian-Abkhazian conflict. "Nobody is planning to replace the Russian peacekeepers...

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Apr 20, 2005

Abkhazia: UN Secretary General's Envoy to Visit...

Untitled Document TBILISI. April 19 - Heidi Tagliavini, the UN secretary general's special representative on settling the conflict between Georgia and Abkhazia, will hold a number...

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Apr 19, 2005

Abkhazia: Foreign Minister: Abkhazia Stays in...

Untitled Document Foreign Minister of breakaway Abkhazia Sergey Shamba responded to criticism put forth by the Abkhaz security council secretary Stanislav Lakoba, saying Abkhazia...

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Apr 15, 2005

Abkhazia plans large military training

Untitled Document Anatoly Zaytsev, chief-of-staff of the Abkhaz military, told Interfax that large-scale military training will take place in Abkhazia's Sukhumi district on April...

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Apr 13, 2005

Abkhazia and Georgia Debates "South-Tirol Mod...

Untitled Document One more round of Georgian-Abkhaz negotiations held through the UN intermediary ended in Geneva last week. The Georgian delegation was headed by Georgy Khaindrava,...

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Apr 12, 2005

Abkhazia: U.S. Officials Visit Abkhazia

Untitled Document U.S. Senior Advisor for Caspian Basin Energy Diplomacy Ambassador Steven Mann, who is also the Special Negotiator for Nagorno-Karabakh and Eurasian Conflicts, and U.S....

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Apr 09, 2005

Abkhazia Does Not Want to Discuss Its Political...

Abkhazia is willing to step up the negotiating process with Georgia on economic issues, but it is not going to discuss its political status, Abkhaz Foreign Minister Sergei Shamba told Interfax...

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Apr 08, 2005

Abkhaz, South Ossetian and Transdniestrian Leaders...

Untitled Document SUKHUMI. April 7 (Interfax) - The leaders of breakaway republics of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Transdniestria are scheduled to meet on April 22, Abkhaz President...

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Apr 06, 2005

Abkhazia: Russia Ready to Help Organize Georgia-Abkhazia...

Russia is ready to help the UN secretary general's special representative organize meetings between officials of Georgia and the breakaway province of Abkhazia to discuss security issues, Russian...

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Apr 03, 2005

Abkhazia: Prime Minister, Alexander Ankvab, Escapes...

Untitled Document An assassination attempt on Abkhazia's Prime Minister Alexander Ankvaba on Friday night was a failure, Secretary of the Abkhaz Security Council Stanislav Lakoba...

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Mar 31, 2005

Abkhazia: Georgia Prepared to Talk with Abkhazian...

Untitled Document Georgia is prepared for constructive dialogue with the Abkhazian leadership, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili said. "We already have some specific questions...

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Mar 28, 2005

Abkhazia: Peace Process

Untitled Document Irakli Alasania, who chairs the Tbilisi-based Abkhaz government-in-exile and who will represent the Georgian side at upcoming talks in Geneva in the capacity of...

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Mar 24, 2005

Abkhazia: Georgia president willing to meet Abkhazia...

Untitled Document Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili is willing to meet with Sergei Bagapsh, leader of the Georgian breakaway region of Abkhazia, if such a meeting takes place...

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Mar 19, 2005

Abkhazia: Abkhaz Leader Prepared to Meet with...

The President of the self-proclaimed republic of Abkhazia, Sergei Bagapsh, has said he is ready to meet with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili but believes this meeting should be prepared...

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Mar 18, 2005

Abkhazia: Russian Officials Discussed Abkhazia...

Untitled Document UN Secretary General’s Special Representative to Georgia Heidi Tagliavini met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Valerie Loshchinin in Moscow on March...

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Mar 16, 2005

Abkhazia: Bagapsh Urged Russian Peacekeepers to...

The president of Georgia’s breakaway republic of Abkhazia, Sergei Bagapsh, told a Moscow news conference on Tuesday that Abkhazia would admit only Russian peacekeepers on its territory and...

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Mar 14, 2005

Abkhazia: President Bagapsh in Moscow for Economic...

The president of the self-proclaimed republic of Abkhazia, Sergei Bagapsh, has arrived in Moscow for talks. Bagapsh has told Tass in an interview he plans to hold negotiations with Russia’s...

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Mar 10, 2005

Abkhazia Fears Georgian Integration Within NA...

The authorities of Abkhazia (self-proclaimed republic in Georgia's territory) fear that Georgia will attract foreign armed forces to its territory, Abkhaz Security Council secretary Stanislav Lakoba...

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Mar 04, 2005

Abkhazia: Mafia Blamed for Abkhaz Assassination...

Controversy continues to swirl around the assassination attempt on separatist Abkhaz prime minister Aleksander Ankvab. Government officials and independent analysts in Abkhazia and Georgia blame...

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Mar 01, 2005

Abkhazia: Abkhaz Foreign Minister Holds Talks...

Russian First Deputy Foreign Minister Valery Loshchinin met with acting Foreign Minister of breakaway Abkhazia Sergey Shamba on February 25-26 in Moscow, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported....

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Feb 22, 2005

Abkhazia: Tbilisi's New Negotiator Unacceptab...

A visit of Russia's chief representative to the Caucasus on Saturday prompted the president of the de facto republic of Abkhazia Sergei Bagapsh to state Abkhazia will act in coordination with Russia...

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Feb 17, 2005

Abkhazia: Economic Interest to Bring Georgia and...

Abkhazia is for the resumption of the negotiating process with Georgia, president of the unrecognized republic Sergei Bagapsh has said. "If the non-use of force is made the cornerstone, progress...

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Feb 16, 2005

Abkhazia: UNs Guehenno Comes to Abkhazia to Boost...

UN Undersecretary General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guehenno arrived in Abkhazia on Tuesday. He said he had come to prepare new dialog between Sukhumi and Tbilisi and promote resumption...

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Feb 15, 2005

Abkhazia: Alexander Ankwab Appointed Prime Mi...

President of the Republic of Abkhazia Sergei Bagapsh has signed a decree appointing Alexander Ankwab Prime Minister of Abkhazia. The new head of government has already been ushered in at the ...

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Feb 04, 2005

Abkhazia: Georgian Prime Minister Found Dead

Georgian Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili delivered the news on Georgian television early today. "I must tell you that a terrible tragedy happened last night. The prime minister of Georgia,...

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Feb 01, 2005

Abkhazia: Georgia Says It's Ready To Negotiate...

Saakashvili said in a statement today that Georgia has always offered Abkhazia expanded autonomy and is ready to give guarantees on the rights of residents of all nationalities living in Abkhazia....

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Jan 29, 2005

Abkhazia: Moscow Supports Pace Call for Settling...

Untitled Document The Russian Foreign Ministry pointed out that "Russia, being a direct and active participant in the settlement of the Georgia-Abkhazia and Georgia-Ossetia...

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Jan 28, 2005

Abkhazia: Georgia accuses Russia over UN Abkhazia...

Georgia's U.N. ambassador accused Russia on Wednesday of excluding it from Security Council deliberations on the peace process between the Tbilisi government and breakaway Abkhazia. Ambassador...

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Jan 27, 2005

Abkhazia: Elections Seen Reviving UN-Led Peace...

Successful Moscow-backed elections in breakaway Abkhazia is expected to soon lead to a resumption of the peace process between Georgia and its rebel region, the U.N. envoy to the troubled area...

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Jan 26, 2005

Abkhazia: Return of Georgian Refugees to Abkhazia...

The “return of Georgian refugees who left Abkhazia during the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict is impossible”, the president of the self-proclaimed republic of Abkhazia, Sergei Bagapsh,...

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Jan 25, 2005

Abkhazia Calls Its Independence from Georgia a...

The Abkhaz Foreign Ministry said that at the current stage of relations between Abkhazia and Georgia, the problem of recognizing Abkhazia's independence reflects the interests of both parties....

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Jan 21, 2005

Abkhazia: Georgia Ready for More Talks with Breakaway...

Georgia is ready to resume talks with its breakaway Abkhazia region in March 2005 in Geneva "at the point where they were halted after the Abkhaz delegation left the negotiations last year,"...

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Jan 21, 2005

Abkhazia: Georgia to Offer Abkhazia Status of...

At a session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on January 25, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili will announce a conflict settlement plan jointly developed...

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Jan 21, 2005

Abkhazia: Peace Talks Frozen, Annan said

In his latest report issued on January 20 UN Secretary General Kofi Annan noted that with dialogue in the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict frozen for much of last year, the UN Observer Mission in Georgia...

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Jan 20, 2005

Abkhazia: Georgia Concerned about Russian Peacekeepers...

Georgia may question the legitimacy of the continued presence of Russian peacekeepers in the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict zone. "We are not against the presence of the Russian peacekeepers. ...

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Jan 19, 2005

Abkhazia: Georgia Unveils Peace Plans at PACE

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili will address the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe (PACE) on January 25 and outline Georgia’s peace plans for Abkhazia and South Ossetia conflict...

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Jan 15, 2005

Abkhazia: Bagapsh declared election winner

Batal Tapagua, Central Elections Commission chairman of the breakaway province of Abkhazia, has officially declared Sergei Bagapsh to be the winner in the self- proclaimed republic's presidential...

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Jan 13, 2005

Abkhazia: Presidential elections announced va...

The presidential elections in Abkhazia have been officially announced valid, Batal Tabagua, the head of Abkhazia’s Central Electoral Commission, told reporters late on Wednesday. The official...

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Jan 13, 2005

Bagapsh Says Abkhaz-Russian Relations A Prior...

"With regard to Russia, we will strengthen our ties and deepen the integration between our two countries. We will adopt laws identical to those that already exist in Russia. We will unify...

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Jan 11, 2005

Abkhazia: Tbilisi Protests Presence of Russian...

Georgian State Minister for Conflict Resolution Issues Goga Khaindrava expressed protest regarding the arrival of a group of Russian parliamentarians in breakaway Abkhazia to monitor the presidential...

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Jan 11, 2005

Abkhazia to re-run disputed vote

Untitled Document The two main rivals will run as one team, in a Moscow-sponsored compromise. Sergei Bagapsh and Raul Khadzhimba reached the deal after three months of tension...

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Jan 06, 2005

Abkhazia: Russian MPs to Monitor Presidential...

Untitled Document Abkhazia presidential candidate Sergey Bagapsh said, on January 6, that Russian MPs will monitor the presidential elections in the breakaway republic, which ...

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Jan 05, 2005

Abkhazia: Tbilisi Works over Abkhazia Status

Untitled Document Georgian State Minister for Conflict Resolution Issues Goga Khaindrava said on January 3 that the government is developing a draft on the status for breakaway Abkhazia...

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Dec 28, 2004

Abkhazia: Abkhazia's independence is not topic...

Untitled Document TBILISI, December 28 (RIA Novosti) - Issues related to Abkhazia's sovereignty and independence were not and will not be discussed at talks with Georgia, Sergei...

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Dec 28, 2004

Abkhazia: Two Candidates Run for Abkhaz Presi...

Untitled Document The Central Election Commission (CEC) of breakaway Abkhazia registered Sergey Bagapsh and Iakub Lakoba as the two candidates for repeat presidential elections...

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Dec 20, 2004

UN Geneva Meeting on Abkhazia

Following is a statement attributable to the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan, following the high-level meeting of the Secretary-General’s Group of Friends of Georgia in Geneva,...

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Dec 20, 2004

Tbilisi Works towards Abkhazia, South Ossetia...

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili instructed the government to prepare a peace plan for the Abkhazia and South Ossetian conflicts resolution by February, 2005. Addressing the Georgian National...

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Dec 18, 2004

Abkhazia: Russia hails UN-led Talks on Abkhaz...

In an information note issued on December 16, the Russian Foreign Ministry described the UN-sponsored talks on the Georgian-Abkhazian peace process as “an important effort to activate conflict...

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Dec 15, 2004

Abkhazia: Parliament approves law on presidential...

Untitled Document Abkhazia’s parliament approved a law “On Elections of the President of Republic of Abkhazia” on Monday. The law has been worked out by parliament...

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Dec 10, 2004

Abkhazia: Russia Lifts Trade Sanctions from A...

Untitled Document The rail travel between the Russian Black Sea town of Sochi and breakaway Abkhazian capital Sokhumi was resumed on December 9, according to the Russian ...

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Dec 07, 2004

Abkhazia: Rivals Reach Power-Sharing Deal

Under the deal, Sergei Bagapsh, who claimed victory in the disputed October poll, will be the presidential candidate. His former rival, Russian-backed former Prime Minister Raul Khajimba, will...

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Dec 06, 2004

Abkhazia: Declared Presidential Victor gears up...

Untitled Document Meeting with ambassadors of the Friends of Georgia group of countries, Georgia's Foreign Minister Salome Zurabishvili yesterday expressed concern at the political...

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Dec 06, 2004

Abkhazia: Deal agreed for new poll

Sergei Bagapsh will run for the post of president. His supporters occupied the main government building last month. His former rival, Raul Khadzhimba, favoured by Russia, will run as vice-president....

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Dec 03, 2004

Georgian Foreign Minister briefs Foreign Diplomats...

Untitled Document Georgian Foreign Minister Salome Zourabichvili met with foreign Ambassadors accredited in Georgia on December 2 to inform them regarding the recent developments...

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Dec 02, 2004

Georgian minister slams Russian official over...

Untitled Document Georgian Separatist Conflicts Minister Giorgi Khaindrava on Wednesday criticized Gennady Bukayev, an aide to the Russian prime minister, for expressing support...

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Dec 01, 2004

Russia sends mission to Abkhazia

Untitled Document A week before the scheduled inauguration of opposition leader Sergey Bagapsh as the President of breakaway Abkhazia, top-level Russian officials from the Interior...

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Nov 25, 2004

Abkhazia: UN to chair talks next month on peace...

Untitled Document The United Nations will chair a meeting of interested nations next month to discuss the Georgian-Abkhaz peace process, a UN spokesman said today. The UN Secretariat...

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Nov 24, 2004

Abkhazia: Russia threatens Abkhazia blockade amid...

Untitled Document Russia threatened on Tuesday to halt all economic aid to the rebel Georgian region of Abkhazia if a political crisis in the region is not resolved. The strategically...

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Nov 23, 2004

Abkhazia: Khadzhimba rejects Bagapsh proposal...

Untitled Document SUKHUMI, November 22 (Itar-Tass) - Former candidate for the post of the Abkhazian president Raul Khadzhimba has rejected proposals of Sergei Bagapsh, who considers...

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Nov 22, 2004

Abkhazia: Council of Elders starts meeting

Untitled Document The Council of Elders of the unrecognised Republic of Abkhazia began its meeting at the Sukhumi drama theatre 30 minutes later than initially planned on...

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Nov 19, 2004

Abkhaz Crisis deepens as Police eeportedly desert...

Untitled Document The statement that was distributed yesterday in Abkhazia's capital, Sukhum, is signed by all of the province's Interior Ministry department heads and regional police...

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Nov 18, 2004

Abkhazia: Foreign Minister, EU Envoy Discuss ...

Georgian Foreign Minister Salome Zourabichvili held talks with European Union’s Special Representative to the South Caucasus countries Heikki Talvitie on November 16 and discussed...

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Nov 17, 2004

Russia closes Border with Abkhazia Republic

Untitled Document Russian media reports that Russia temporarily closed the Abkhaz section of the Russian-Georgian border late on November 15. Reportedly, the border should have been...

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Nov 16, 2004

Abkhazia: situation in Abkhazia normalizing

Untitled Document SUKHUMI, Nov 15 (RIA Novosti) - Deputies of parliament of Georgia's rebellious autonomy, the unrecognized republic of Abkhazia, came to work on Monday, said ...

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Nov 15, 2004

Abkhazia: Russian warns of Abkhazia intent

Untitled Document In response, Georgia has called on the international community to protect the country's sovereignty. A decade-long row between Georgia and Russia over Abkhazia ...

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Nov 11, 2004

Abkhazia: Moscow insists on new elections in ...

Untitled Document MOSCOW, Nov 10 (RIA Novosti) - Yesterday, the opposition candidate for the presidency of Abkhazia (a self-proclaimed republic in Georgia), Sergei Bagapsh,...

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Nov 10, 2004

Abkhazia: Abkhazia PM discussing situation the...

Untitled Document Abkhazian Prime Minister Nodar Khashba is now in Moscow, discussing the political situation which has developed in the breakaway republic after the presidential...

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Nov 09, 2004

Abkhazia: Situation in Abkhazia generally qui...

Untitled Document SUKHUMI, November 8 (Itar-Tass) - Situation in Abkhazia, a much-troubled region of Georgia that has been living amid uncertainty for the past weeks following a...

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Nov 08, 2004

Abkhazia: Georgian Leadership to start serious...

Untitled Document The Georgian leadership will soon start a serious dialogue with Abkhazia (self-proclaimed republic on Georgian territory), Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili...

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Nov 05, 2004

Abkhazia: Failure of Abkhaz Mediation Talks deepens...

Untitled Document Government candidate and former Prime Minister Raul Khadjimba was the first to comment on the secretive talks he and opposition contender Sergei Bagapsh ...

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Nov 04, 2004

Abkhazia: Abkhaz Contender Bagapsh says Moscow...

Untitled Document Sergei Bagapsh, contender for the leadership of Georgia’s breakaway province of Abkhazia on Wednesday shrugged off an attempt by Moscow to mediate in a post-election...

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Nov 02, 2004

Abkhazia: TV blacked out in Abkhaz Crisis

Untitled Document Its prime minister said he was blacking out broadcasts while the authorities restored order at the station, where the opposition has mounted pickets. The opposition...

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Nov 01, 2004

Abkhazia Presidential Rivals seek Russian Mediation...

Untitled Document The two rivals vying for the leadership of Georgia’s breakaway Abkhazia region were in Moscow on Tuesday, the Reuters news agency quoted Abkhaz officials...

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Oct 31, 2004

Georgia is poised for armed invasion in Abkha...

The defense minister of the Georgian breakaway region of Abkhazia, Vyacheslav Eshba, on Saturday cited "accurate information" that "Georgian armed forces are being concentrated"...

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Oct 30, 2004

Repeated elections to be held in Abkhazia

Untitled Document Abkhazian President Vladislav Ardzinba signed a decree on Friday on holding repeated presidential elections in that self-proclaimed republic. The decree says that...

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Oct 29, 2004

Abkhazia: UN Security Council Concerned At stalled...

Untitled Document The Security Council formally considers any self-styled elections in Abkhazia unacceptable and illegitimate in the absence of a settlement to the republic's status....

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Oct 28, 2004

Abkhazia: Abkhazias Supreme Court considering...

Untitled Document A commission set up by the Abkhazian Supreme Court has finished recalculating the votes cast during the presidential election in the breakaway republic on October...

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Oct 28, 2004

No progress in the Georgian-Abkhaz peace proc...

PRESS STATEMENT ON GEORGIA BY SECURITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT Following is today’s press statement on Georgia by Security Council President Emyr Jones Parry (United Kingdom): Members of...

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Oct 27, 2004

Georgia-Abkhaz Peace Process perilously close...

Warning that the Georgia-Abkhaz peace process has come “perilously close” to a standstill, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has urged both sides to resume political contacts...

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Oct 25, 2004

Abkhazia: High Court may order new Vote

Untitled Document The Supreme Court of the breakaway province of Abkhazia may order new elections soon, Interfax news agency said Friday. Abkhazia is a secessionist province of the...

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Oct 22, 2004

Abkhazia: Abkhazia's Supreme Court begins questioning...

Untitled Document The Supreme Court in the self-proclaimed republic of Abkhazia began questioning Thursday members of the central electoral commission which announced the presidential...

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Oct 21, 2004

Abkhazia: U.N. fears standstill in Abkhazia and...

Untitled Document .N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is urging the Georgia-Abkhaz peace forward, saying he is convinced progress is possible. I remain deeply convinced that further progress...

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Oct 18, 2004

Abkhazia: Russia denies sending Troops to Abk...

Untitled Document On October 17 the Russian Foreign Ministry denounced Georgia’s accusations that Russia sent “hundreds of special purpose troops” to breakaway...

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Oct 16, 2004

Abkhazia: Armed Groups Infiltrate Abkhazia from...

Untitled Document Irakli Alasania, the newly appointed Chairman of the Tbilisi-based Abkhazian Council of Ministers-in-exile, said on October 15 that armed groups from Russia have...

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Oct 13, 2004

Abkhazia: Controversial Election ruling spreads...

Appearing before a crowd of opposition activists late yesterday in Sukhum, Abkhaz Central Election Commission Deputy Chairman Aleksandr Adleiba made an unexpected announcement. "Sergei Vasilevich Bagapsh...

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Oct 12, 2004

Sergei Bagapsh wins Abkhaz election

Untitled Document Eleven out of 15 electoral commission members voted to pronounce Mr Bagapsh the victor with 50.08% of the vote. The decision comes more than a week after the...

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Oct 12, 2004

Abkhazia: opposition candidate Sergei Bagapsh...

Untitled Document The opposition candidate Sergei Bagapsh said yesterday that the election commission in the breakaway Abkhazia region of Georgia had declared him the winner of the...

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Oct 07, 2004

Abkhazia: 2nd round of Abkhazia election depends...

Untitled Document The second round of presidential election in Abkhazia depends on the ballot outcome in the Gali district of the unrecognized republic, Abkhaz Central Electoral...

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Oct 06, 2004

Abkhazia: Abkhazia celebrates Election Choice

Untitled Document Abkhazia's status is not recognised internationally but its people took the vote extremely seriously. This is the first time they have been offered a choice of...

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Oct 04, 2004

Abkhazia: Candidates face off in Abkhazia Ele...

Untitled Document Five candidates squared off Sunday for the presidency of breakaway Abkhazia, all vowing to keep the separatist Black Sea resort area independent of Georgia,...

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Oct 03, 2004

Khajimba Wins Presidency in Abkhazia

According to the official results of the Abkhazian presidential elections, Raul Khajimba, former Abkhaz Prime Minister and favorite candidate of outgoing Abkhaz leader Vladislav Ardzinba who also...

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Oct 01, 2004

Abkhazia: Separatist Region Gears Up For Presidential...

Untitled Document The polls on 3 October coincide with the 11th anniversary of the fall of Sukhum in the hands of Russian-backed Abkhaz forces. On 27 September 1993, separatist troops...

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Sep 29, 2004

Abkhazia: Abkhazia will not rejoin with Georgia...

Abkhaz Prime Minister Raul Khajimba has claimed that Abkhazia will never become part of Georgia again. "We have been accustomed to the Georgian president's statements that he will return...

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Sep 23, 2004

Abkhazia: Georgian President vows peaceful resolution...

Untitled Document Linking separatism with terrorism, Georgia's president has presented a series of new steps aimed at peacefully resolving disputes with the secessionist regions...

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Sep 10, 2004

Abkhazia: Washington "does not recognize independence...

Untitled Document U.S. Ambassador to the OSCE Stephan Minikes underlined in Sukhumi on Tuesday that the United States supports both the territorial integrity of Georgia and...

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Aug 30, 2004

Abkhazia: Four Million Euros to Victims of Abkhazia/Georgia...

Untitled Document Western Georgia, including Abkhazia, continues to be characterised by largely forgotten needs. After showing interest and support for several years in the wake...

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Aug 30, 2004

Abkhazia: Russia halts Talks with Georgia over...

Untitled Document The Russian Foreign Ministry cited a protest outside Russia's Embassy in Tbilisi as the reason for the decision. The ministry said in a statement that ...

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Aug 11, 2004

Abkhazia: Ukrainian and Georgian Leaders discuss...

Untitled Document Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma has expressed interest in helping resolve the conflict between Georgia and its separatist regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Mr....

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Aug 10, 2004

Abkhazia: Georgia to prevent Armed Conflict in...

Untitled Document Georgia will prevent an armed conflict in South Ossetia and Abkhazia. This statement was made on Monday in an interview with Tass by Georgian Defence Minister Georgy...

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Aug 03, 2004

Abkhazia: Registration of Presidential Candidates...

Untitled Document Registration of candidates for the upcoming presidential elections in breakaway Abkhazia was launched on August 3rd. According to the Law of Abkhazia on Presidential...

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Aug 02, 2004

Abkhazia: Abkhazia to work for Recognition by...

Untitled Document Abkhazia will work toward having the international community recognize its independence, new Abkhaz Foreign Minister Igor Akhba said as the prime minister of the...

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Jul 28, 2004

Abkhazia: Security Council extends Georgia Mission...

Untitled Document Press Release SC/8158 Security Council 5013th Meeting (AM) The Security Council this morning extended the mandate of the United Nations Observer Mission...

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Jul 26, 2004

Abkhazia: UN Calls for Substantive Dialogue over...

Untitled Document UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said in his latest report on the situation in Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia that “despite some practical cooperation...

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Jul 24, 2004

Abkhazia: Georgia will not Change its Policy

Untitled Document As reported in Mtavari Gazeti, Georgian-Abkhaz negotiations were held in Sochi under the aegis of the United Nations. The negotiations took place against ...

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Jul 22, 2004

Abkhazia: Russia Hails Talks over Return of Internally...

Untitled Document A July 21 statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry welcomed talks that occurred between the Georgian and Abkhaz sides in Sochi on July 20. The issue of...

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Jul 20, 2004

Abkhazia: The International Criminal Court looks...

Untitled Document Georgian media has announced that court officials in The Hague have recommended that the International Prosecutors Office raises a criminal case on the genocide...

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Jul 19, 2004

Abkhazia: Abkhaz Prime Minister may run for P...

Untitled Document The prime minister of the self- proclaimed republic of Abkhazia, Raul Khadzhimba, has said he might run in the presidential elections in Abkhazia, slated for October...

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Jul 15, 2004

Abkhazia: Abkhazia to Elect President in Octo...

Presidential elections in the self- proclaimed republic of Abkhazia will take place on October 3, 2004, the Abkhaz parliament announced Wednesday. Under the republic's rules for candidacy, candidates...

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Jul 13, 2004

Abkhazia: Presidential Elections to be held in...

As Russian troops on Friday handed over to the Georgian armed forces their ill-starred servicemen, who were detained a day earlier by South Ossetians, the possible date of the next exacerbation...

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Jul 06, 2004

Abkhazia: Saakashvili Hopes to Bring Abkhazia...

Untitled Document President Saakashvili said on July 5 that Georgia will be “ready to bring Abkhazia back into its fold in two or three years.” “We have no illusions...

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Jun 15, 2004

Abkhazia: Abkhazia hopes for Russian protecto...

SUKHUMI. June 14 - Valery Arshba, vice president of the self-proclaimed republic of Abkhazia, said he hopes for Abkhazia to be under the Russian protectorate. "As in 1810, we again want to be...

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Jun 10, 2004

Abkhazia: Abkhazia denounces unification prop...

SUKHUMI. June 10 - Abkhazia will not discuss any form of unification with Tbilisi, Foreign Minister of the self- proclaimed republic Sergei Shamba told Interfax on Thursday. A proposal for settling...

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Jun 03, 2004

Abkhazia: Duma adopts statement on situation in...

Untitled Document MOSCOW, June 2 -- Russian State Duma has issued a warning to the Georgian leadership to the effect the escalation of tensions over South Ossetia and Abkhazia may...

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Jun 02, 2004

Abkhazia: Sukhumi rules out repetition of Ajarian...

Untitled Document SUKHUMI. June 1 (Interfax) - Raul Khajimba, the prime minister of the self-proclaimed republic of Abkhazia, has warned Georgia against escalating conflicts with his republic...

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Jun 01, 2004

Abkhazia: Amendment to Election Code Passed

The Parliament of breakaway Abkhazia passed amendments to the election code, which prohibits running for the presidency to those persons, who have not lived in Abkhazia for past 5 years. Georgian...

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May 28, 2004

Abkhazia: Abkhazia rejects calls for reunific...

Untitled Document Both breakaway regions of Georgia - Abkhazia and South Ossetia, have rejected President Saakashvili’s calls for launching talks over status within the Georgian...

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May 27, 2004

Abkhazia: Amnesty International report 2004

In the disputed region of Abkhazia, a de facto moratorium on executions remained in force. At least 25 death sentences had been passed since it declared independence from Georgia. Nine death row...

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May 26, 2004

Abkhazia: Georgia offers peace to regions

Untitled Document Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili says he is prepared to offer "special status" to the regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia to help ease tensions....

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May 25, 2004

Abkhazia: Ethnic communities object to Georgian...

Untitled Document Ethnic communities in Abkhazia are against plans to restore Georgian jurisdiction over the self-proclaimed republic. "The Russian, Armenian, Greek, Estonian,...

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May 24, 2004

Abkhazia: Details of Abkhazia Conflict Settlement...

A group of Georgian political and legal experts submitted a document to the Georgian National Security Council (NSC) that envisages linking Tbilisi and Sukhumi within a single federal state in an attempt...

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May 21, 2004

Abkhazia: Negotiations with Georgia began in ...

Sukhumi - Georgia-Abkhazia negotiations on security measures and avoiding hostilities began in Sukhumi on Thursday under UN auspices. Special representative of the UN Secretary General in Georgia...

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May 18, 2004

Abkhazia: Plan emerges for Georgia-Abkhazia f...

Tbilisi. (Interfax) - Georgia announced on Saturday that it was working a plan to settle the conflict with its breakaway Abkhazia region by making Georgia a two-unit federation with vast autonomy for...

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May 18, 2004

Abkhazia: Abkhazia's status as an independent...

Untitled Document In reaction to Georgian announcements that it is working on a two-unit federation of Georgia and Abkhazia, Abkhazia denounces all such possibilities. Raul Khajimba,...

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May 14, 2004

Abkhazia: Saakashvili announces "new time" in...

Georgian Prime Minister Mikheil Saakashvili would announce the concept of Abkhazia conflict settlement on May 26, Georgian Independence Day, State Minister on conflict resolution Giorgi Khaindrava...

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Apr 22, 2004

Abkhazia:Georgian and Abkhaz representatives meet...

Untitled Document 21 April 2004 – Representatives from Georgia and Abkhazia met in Geneva today in United Nations-initiated talks on international security guarantees in the...

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Apr 14, 2004

Abkhazia: UN Envoy, Parliamentary Chairperson...

Untitled Document Ambassador Heidi Tagliavini, the UN Secretary General’s special representative in Georgia met with Nino Burjanadze, the Chairperson of the outgoing Parliament...

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Apr 08, 2004

Abkhazia: Georgia-Abkhazia meeting to be held...

TBILISI, April 7 - A Georgian-Abkhazian meeting over international security guarantees in the conflict region is scheduled be for April 21 in Geneva, a spokesman at the UN mission in Tbilisi told...

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Oct 15, 2003

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Dec 30, 2001

Abkhaz parliamentary elections postponed

Abkhazia’s parliamentary elections, scheduled for 24 November 2001, has been cancelled and postponed until March 2, 2002. According to the Russian newspaper RIA Novosti, President Vladislav...

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Oct 30, 2001

Upcoming elections in Abkhazia

The Abkhaz minority is determined to actively practice their right to self-determination through the organizing of parliamentary elections on 24 November 2001. Presidential elections have already...

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Oct 12, 1999

ACT OF STATE INDEPENDENCE OF THE REPUBLIC OF ...

Abkhazian Statehood stretches over 12 centuries of history. For centuries the people of Abkhazia have had to struggle to preserve their independence. Since the start of the disintegration of the...

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Jun 30, 1999

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL BULLETIN "CONCERNS...

GEORGIA Allegations Of Ill-treatment In Detention (update to information in AI Index: EUR 56/02/98 and EUR 01/01/99) Issues of alleged ill-treatment remained topical during the period...

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May 31, 1999

SETTLEMENT OF THE GEORGIAN-ABKHAZIAN CONFLICT:...

For a long period of time Abkhazia was one of the most prosperous regions of the former Soviet Union. Thanks to its unique nature and climate as well as geographic situation Abkhazia, a republic...

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May 31, 1999

ETHICS AND FOREIGN POLICY: THE RIGHTS OF STATES...

Since at least the time of US President Woodrow Wilson, there has been much debate on how (or indeed whether) to accommodate the concept of self-determination in international relations. The First...

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Mar 31, 1998

UNITED NATIONS NEEDS ASSESSMENT MISSION TO ABKHAZIA,...

1. As in the rest of Georgia, all economic indicators in Abkhazia fell precipitously in the wake of the break-up of the Soviet Union. The material destruction caused by the Georgian-Abkhaz war...

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Oct 20, 1997

Resolution of the People's Assembly Parliament...

The war imposed by the Georgian Government upon the sovereign state of Abkhazia came as a severe ordeal for the people of Abkhazia, especially for the Abkhazians, i.e. for those who bear historical...

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Oct 15, 1997

Resolution of the People's Assembly Parliament...

At the end of the XIX century, after the deportation of the overwhelming majority of the Abkhazo-Adyghean, Vainakh and other peoples, during the process of incorporation of Caucasian lands which...

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Oct 15, 1997

Resolution of the People's Assembly Parliament...

The colonial policy of the Russian Empire during the Russian-Caucasian war (1817-1864), and the periods that followed, inflicted irreparable damage on the Abkhazian (Abaza) nation and its genetic...

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Jan 31, 1997

Abkhazia: Review of Events for the Year 1996

Abkhazia, capital Sukhum, is situated in Western Transcaucasia, between the Black Sea and the Caucasian mountains. It borders on the north with the Russian Federation and on the east with Georgia....

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Nov 26, 1994

Abkhazia: The Constitution of Abkhazia

Untitled Document   The Constitution of Abkhazia, ratified in the city of Shukum on November 26,1994. 1.) The Basics of the Constitutional Order 2.) Human and...

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Feb 06, 1994

Legal opinion on the validity and interpretation...

We have been asked by the Unrepresented Nations and People Organization to prepare an independent legal opinion on certain aspects relating to the agreements signed by the Abkhazian and Georgian...

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