Georgia is buying powerful multiple launch rocket systems
Abkhazia is concerned about headlong
militarization of Georgia, Abkhaz President Sergey Bagapsh announced at
a meeting with UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Georgia
Jean Arnault. As a REGNUM correspondent was told by presidential
spokesman Kristian Bzhania, at the meeting, Bagapsh informed the UN
official on “reliable evidence of significant growth of the amount of
weapons and military equipment bought by Georgia.” “In particular,
Georgia is buying powerful multiple launch rocket systems,” Bagapsh said.
The president stressed that the process made Abkhazia take reciprocal
action. “We assess Georgia’s actions as preparations of the official
Tbilisi to a large-scale military operation,” Bagapsh said.
The Abkhaz president expressed concern
with the fact that international institutions being involved in the
conflict settlement showed no response to the “dangerous trends.”
Abkhazia called for all the parties to influence the Georgian side.
“Otherwise, Abkhazia will have to take reciprocal action. Such way of
developments will not promote the conflict settlement anyhow,” Bagapsh
In his turn, Jean Arnault proposed to
discuss issues connected with independent monitoring of the conflict
zones in order to alleviate concern regarding breach of the cease-fire.
Intl pressure on
Georgia secured Abkhazian troops’ release - Bagapsh
Sukhum, The release of abducted
Abkhazian military is a result of heavy pressures on Georgia from
international organizations, said the leader of the republic of Abkhazia,
“Nobody should dare say the release was an
act of goodwill by Georgia. It was a result of serious pressure on
Georgia by international organizations, first and foremost, the United
Nations. It became clear for them after a special investigation that
Georgian forces had intruded into Abkhazian territory and opened fire at
people from a close range,” Bagapsh told the media in Sukhum.
Seven Abkhazian military, taken prisoner
on September 20 in the village of Khodzhal, the Tkuarchel District, were
set free on October 27.
The agreement on their release was
achieved at negotiations between Abkhazian Foreign Minister Sergei
Shamba and Georgian Conflicts Settlement Minister David Bakradze.
Bagapsh voiced concern over Georgia’s
“We shall make a proportionate response,”
the Abkhazian leader said. “Abkhazia is for a peace dialogue and talks,
but only as long as this is possible.”
detained in Abkhaz Gal region
Russian peacekeepers from the Collective Peacekeeping Force deployed in
the Gal region of Abkhazia have detained a Georgian policeman and a
group of servicemen who accompanied him after the Georgian side
attempted to attack a Russian peacekeeping patrol, Assistant commander
of the collective peacekeeping contingent Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander
Diordiyev said Tuesday.
The patrol led by commander of 527th
motor-rifle regiment Sergei Yenin had been patrolling a territory in the
lower zone of the Gal region and on the adjoining territory of the
Zugdidi region on Tuesday. Simultaneously, the patrol was monitoring the
sanitary situation on the territory where an epidemic of African plague
recently hit cattle.
During the incident the Georgian Interior
officer used obscene language, threatened to set the peacekeepers’
personal armored carrier on fire and gun down the Russian peacekeepers,
Diordiyev said. The Russian peacekeepers took measures of self-defense
after the Georgian servicemen attempted to use physical force against
the senior officer of the Russian patrol. They disarmed the Georgian
Interior officer and detained both the officer and his entourage,
The identity of the Georgian servicemen is
being established. After the circumstances of the incident are clarified
the Georgian servicemen detained in the incident will be turned over to
representatives of the U.N. Observer Mission, Diordiyev said.
Meanwhile, Georgian television told Tass
in Tbilisi that unknown people had abducted three Georgia OMON
servicemen who were on duty in the Ganmukhuri region and drove them off
to the Gal region.
released on Saturday seven Abkhazian soldiers more than one month after
some Georgian commandos captured them from the Abkhazian region of
David Bakradze, a
Georgian state official in charge of management across the conflict
zones, was on Friday in Sukhum, Abkhazia’s capital, to meet with Sergei
Shamba, the Foreign Minister of Abkhazia. His announcement of plans to
release the Abkhazian captives very soon came only one day before the
soldiers were handed in to the United Nations office in Tbilisi, the
capital city of Georgia. The Abkhazian soldiers will possibly arrive
safely at their country on Sunday.
The Georgian court of
law sentenced the Abkhazian captives to five years in prison when they
were kept as captives.
administration tried after September 21 when the Abkhazian soldiers were
captured to alter the real story behind the incident. It said in its
media reports that Abkhazians fought Georgian soldiers in Upper Kodor.
However, a United Nations mission for military investigation found out
after its search across the region that the incident happened not in
Upper Kodor but in the Abkhazian region of Tkaurchal—thus proving
Abkhazia right in its claims. The fighting left two Abkhazians and two
Russians dead at that time.
10.28.2007 Agency Caucasus
escalate tension in Gal
Sukhum, The reason behind a recent
escalation of tension in the Abkhazian region of Gal as a place that
hosts a large Georgian population is, strangely enough, the rising price
of hazelnuts in the capital city of Abkhazia.
With a recent rise in
the hazelnut prices on the market of Sukhum, Abkhazia’s capital, the Gal
producers of hazelnut had to sell their products to customers in Sukhum,
instead of Georgia. This created a tendency towards violence on the part
of Georgian security forces, situated along the border between the two
countries, to earn more money, according to Abkhazian officials.
News of a robbery in
Gal of a bus full of hazelnut workers placed further emphasis on recent
events of seizure. Abkhazian representative of Gal said that three
masked people stopped the bus while it was set on its way to Gal from
the village of Saberio and fled through the Ingur River to Georgia after
they stole money, other valuable things and even some hazelnuts.
think that the Georgian security forces on duty in Zugdidi area helped
the robbers flee to , because they probably did not want the hazelnut
bus to arrive in Sukhum.
10.27.2007 Agency Caucasus
criticises western supply of arms to Georgia
Abkhazian Foreign Minister Sergei Shamba accused some western countries
of supplying arms in “aid” to at the risk of causing a new war across
Mr. Shamba met in the
capital city Sukhum of Abkhazia with a group of United Nations
officials. His meeting with the UN officials was followed by his
accusative statement that the regional security is under growingly
serious risk from international green light to Georgian armament.
“It is obvious that the
Georgian administration is acting provokingly to trigger the cause for a
regional war here. And what is more, is receiving encouragement from
some western countries to do so as they supply arms in aid to ,” said
Mr. Shamba also accused
of letting illegal flights along its border with Abkhazia, and spoke in
forceful words when he said that Abkhazia has the power to end any
illegalities of that kind.
10.25.2007 Agency Caucasus
Tbilisi for preparing armed provocations
Moscow, South Ossetia's Foreign
Ministry has blamed the Georgian authorities for preparing military
provocations in South Ossetia and Abkhazia ahead of an opposition
protest due on November 2 against the policies being pursued by Georgian
President Mikheil Saakashvili.
"The goal of these plans is clear - to
distract the attention of the public from the socioeconomic and
political problems in Georgia and to try once again 'to boost patriotism'
by issuing calls for consolidation for the sake of the supposed
'territorial integrity,'" the foreign ministry of the breakaway republic
said in a statement on Thursday.
Abkhazia to jointly rebuff possible Georgian aggression - Kokoity
Tskhinval, Georgia is preparing
aggression against South Ossetia and Abkhazia in early November, 2007,
South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity has said.
"Today I had a telephone conversation with
Abkhaz president Sergei Bagapsh, we discussed information we are getting
that Georgia has been preparing a special operation to be launched in
Abkhazia and South Ossetia with the forces of the special purpose police
of the Georgian power structures," Kokoity told Interfax on Wednesday.
"We are calling on Georgia to resolve all
controversial issues by talks and in case of aggravation of the
situation all responsibility for the consequences will remain completely
with the Georgian leadership," Kokoity said.
"We agreed with Abkhaz leader on a joint
response in case of a Georgian aggression against Abkhazia and South
Ossetia," Kokoity said.
"I want to express my regret and
disappointment at the Georgian position at the JCC session in Tbilisi,
where the Georgian side refused to sign the most important documents
meant to stabilize the situation in the region. All this confirms the
Georgian intention to solve all issues with Abkhazia exclusively by
force," Kokoity said.
angry response from Circassians
group of Circassians were in the Hendek district of Sakarya on Saturday
to voice joint reaction against interference from the Turkish government
in cancelling the plans of Abkhazian President Sergei Bagapsh to take a
trip October 17-24 to.
group of approximately
500 Circassians came on Saturday from across to meet in the Uzuncaorman
village of the Hendek district of Sakarya, a northwestern city in
Bagapsh was already
scheduled to take part in activities in Uzuncaorman before his trip was
officially cancelled. Without him, the group had to gather at 1 pm in
The program began with
one-minute silent homage to those who were killed in
Abkhazia, Chechnia and Turkey.
Kadir Erkaya was the
first to speak as President of the Caucasian Association of Culture in
Sakarya in overt complaint about the prevention of Bagapsh’s trip to,
because, he said, it hurt the honour of Abkhazian Diaspora to have the
impression that their presence in the country was not valued.
‘Shall we be
thankful even though our guest was rejected in his appeal to visit the
Suat Çelikçi, a
representative of the Youth Commission of the Abkhazian Association, was
the second to speak, though harshly this time: “Abkhazian President
Sergei Bagapsh had to cancel under immense pressure from the Turkish
government his trip to , where he would have embraced his people, though
all kinds of preparation were already in place. Some statement is
certain to come from Turkish officials about the cancellation. However,
no statement whatsoever to come now or later will not definitely be
binding for us. The Turkish government seriously hurt us in our heart.
We are not the representatives of the Abkhazian people; we are, however,
Abkhazians. We have been shot through in our metaphorical attachment to
joint values. We sacrificed our lands for our guests. How can we be
expected to thank those for forcing our guests to go back after they
came all the way down here?”
Çelikçi concluded his
speech with words that follow: “We, as
North Caucasians , are most crowded when
someone from us die. The cancellation of Bagapsh’s trip has actually
been a funeral-like occasion for us to attend. We are sure that all
North Caucasians will participate
in the joint reaction against the Turkish government.”
Mecdi Cengiz, the
program coordinator, tried to ease the tension over Celik’s words when
he attributed it to typical youth reaction: “Celik could have been less
forceful in his words; he is just much too young to realize the
immediate implications of his words.”
Demiröz: It was
just a request of its kindest kind
Handan Demiröz, a
representative of the Democratic Circassian Platform, was forceful in
her verbal reaction against Turkish blockage of Bagapsh’s trip:
“Circassians have been living in this country  over the past one and a
half century. These people have been willing to sacrifice even their
lives in service of the nation. It was very normal of us to invite
Bagapsh over here. However, the Turkish Foreign Ministry did not allow
him to come over here and see us. For this not to happen over again, we
ought to have active involvement in politics from now on, which should
not be taken to be an act of treason. We have to do more than teaching
some Circassian to people.”
fighting the state organization’
Ata Kati, President of
the United Federation of Caucasian Associations, was less forceful in
his words: “We ought to be more tolerant. We ought to avoid things that
can damage national integrity here. It is pointless fighting the state
organization. Abkhazia announced its own independence on the basis of
the right accorded to each nation to govern itself. Unison would solve a
lot of problems.” The ruling Turkish government representative vows to
Saban Disli, an AKP deputy, of Sakarya,
was responsive and apologetic in his words: “Some things went wrong. I
would be pleased to hear you say that Bagapsh’s trip was postponed, not
cancelled. I will be doing my best to let the government officials as
well as the President Abdullah Gül himself know what really happened. I
suggest that we all go next week to
Ankara, capital of , where we can address
our questions duly. And be assured that you will be responded to.”
‘It was not
nice to stop Bagapsh from taking his trip’
President of KAF-FED, the Federation of Caucasian Associations, was more
calling for attention to commonsense while he spoke: “The trip was not
really postponed; it was prevented. It is our ownmost right to react.
However, we need to moderate in our reactions. It is really not nice to
stop Bagapsh from taking his trip without ever bothering to state the
reason behind it. The Turkish Foreign Ministry is biased in its approach
towards Abkhazians. And we condemn this. We just cannot accept this kind
of unfairness. Aid to only works in further support of its aggressive
policies. With receiving aid and positive assistance, the region is
facing the increasing threat of a civil war. should be equal in its
efforts to lift the embargo on and Abkhazia, both. As for us… We should
be more positive in our enthusiasm. We need unity both in war and
Nail Serbes, a member
of the World Circassian Union, was optimistic in his words: “I think
that what seems to us to be bad today will turn out to be good in the
and Soner Gogua, two members of the Abkhazian parliament, who moved from
to Abkhazia; Lova Ayüdzba, another Abkhazian deputy; and Vladimir
Ayüdzba, an Abkhazian representative in Turkey, all spoke in Abkhazian
Turkish Republic, long live Abkhazia’
Irfan Argun, President
of the Committee for Solidarity between Caucasians and Abkhazian, is the
person who coordinated the process of Bagapsh’s cancelled trip, and was
the last to speak. Argun was critical of the Turkish attitude towards
Abkhazians, which was pioneered first in 1992 when the then Turkish
president Süleyman Demirel refused to host the first Abkhazian President
“I will never forgive
Mr. Demirel for his negative attitude towards Abkhazians. Georgians were
strong in terms of lobbying then to affect the Turkish stance on
Abkhazia since the war. Why was Bagapsh unable to come over here? The
Turkish Foreign Ministry did not want it to happen. When he tried to
come for the first time, he was much too ill to come here. And his plans
of trip were always postponed. The Turkish Foreign Ministry told the
Committee of Abkhazia to postpone his trip. We will follow the reasons
behind the cancellation all through the end. We will find out the actual
motive behind the Turkish interference in Bagapsh’s plans. We only want
that Turkey should recognize Abkhazia in its full presence. It is not
nice of Turkey to pay attention to Georgians only, with Abkhazians left
aside completely. We still hope that things will get better. Hopefully,
we will meet Bagash next time he comes here. And, we want you to unite
just as you did right after the war ended. Long live the Turkish
Republic, long live Abkhazia.”
Youths were not
satisfied with the reactions
The Abkhazian youths
expressed dissatisfaction with the overall level of reactions. Before
the program ended, the Abkhazian youths asked for permission to speak
further because they thought that the reaction against the cancellation
of Bagapsh’s trip was not strong enough.
The quests from
Abkhazia included Alek Logua, who advises Abkhazian President, Slavik
Amichba, the Rostov Representative of the Abkhazian Republic, and the
journalist Ludmila Chikipha.
Shamba tries to
ease tension over cancellation of trip to Turkey
officials did not prevent Abkhazian President’s trip to their country,”
Abkhazian Foreign Minister Sergei Shamba said in an effort to ease
tension over cancellation of his superior President Sergei Bagapsh’s
Turkish trip due to interference from the Turkish Foreign Ministry.
Sergei Bagapsh’s trip was cancelled not because of pressure from the
Turkish Foreign Ministry but because of the recently mounting political
tension over a possible cross-border military operation on North Iraq in
response to deadly attacks from the Kurdish Workers’ Party, or PKK,
Shamba told the Kavkazki Uzel: “Nobody pressed him to cancel his trip.
It would simply have been rude of us, Abkhazians, to mark a special day
of our own in celebrations at a time when Turkish families mourned the
loss of their sons.”
Shamba said that both
administrations of Abkhazia and Turkey made a joint decision to cancel
the trip, because it would not have been the case otherwise: “If the
Turkish government had been against a trip by the Abkhazian
administration to Turkey, no Turkish officials would have bothered to
prepare for the visit.”
Shamba further accused
anonymously those of trying to spoil the relations between Abkhazia and
Turkey, a country where most members of the Abkhazian Diaspora are
Displeased with the
official format of the visit, the Turkish Foreign Ministry officials
directly contacted Shamba to have Sergei Bagapsh cancel his trip to
A joy to
experience in Uzuncaorman without Bagapsh
Istanbul, The Caucasian Diaspora in
Turkey is firmly resolved to conduct a series of activities in the
Uzuncaorman village of the Hendek district of Sakarya, a north-western
city of Turkey, despite the absence of Abkhazian President Sergei
Bagapsh, who was scheduled to attend the activities there before his
trip was cancelled.
Uzuncahamam will host
20 a group of representatives of
the Abkhazian Diaspora from across Turkey. This group of representatives
are expected to voice their reaction against interference from the
Turkish Foreign Ministry in Bagapsh’s plans of trip to Turkey.
Committee of Solidarity between Caucasians and Abkhazians issued a call
for a high turnout of participants in the village of Uzuncahamam.
Participants will first meet at 11 am at the Akyazi tolls on the
Istanbul-Ankara highway and then march towards Uzuncaorman at 12 am.
Georgians blame each other for killing guard
Contradicting statements come from both Abkhazian and Georgian officials
to solve the mystery behind the killing of an Abkhazian border guard in
a latest border clash the night before since September 20, when both
Georgian and Abkhazian security forces were involved in a clash in the
Abkhazian province of Tkuarchal.
The clash began when
Georgian forces made an attempt to take control of Abkhazian checkpoints
along the border, according to Laurens Kogoniya, chief Abkhazian police
officer here. Kogoniya further said that the Abkhazian border guard died
possibly after Georgians hospitalized him when he was wounded in the
A statement from Ruslan
Kishmariya, special representative of Abkhazian President Sergei Bagapsh
for Gal, blamed the Georgian administration for letting the regional
stability get spoiled in such provocative circumstances.
The Georgian side has
an entirely different story to account for the incident. Georgian
security forces along the border tried to stop someone driving a stolen
car from crossing the border, according to Shota Khizanishvili, a
spokesman for Georgian Interior Ministry. Georgian security forces
responded to an Abkhazian security officer when he fired at them while
he was waiting on the Abkhazian side to get into the car. Georgian
security officers shot him dead, and arrested the car driver. Georgian
officials identified the Abkhazian security officer to be Manuchar
administration tried to have the international community believe that
the September 20 fighting happened in Kodor—something that later turned
out to be false when the United Nations officials reported that it
happened in Tkuarchal.
Foundation protests refusal to let Bagapsh in Turkey
Caucasian Foundation joined today members of the Abkhazian Diaspora of
in their reaction against and criticism of action by the Turkish Foreign
Ministry to block an official visit of Abkhazian President Sergei
Bagapsh to the country.
Bagapsh intended his
visit to cover a period of seven days in a bid to embrace welcome from
Abkhazians in , a country that already hosts millions of Caucasian
İsmail Tunçbilek, Chair
Person of the Caucasian Foundation, spoke about Vladislav Ardzinba, who
was elected the first president of Abkhazia after it won its
independence in 1992, because he was, like President Bagapsh, refused
entry on his first trip abroad to the capital city Ankara of Turkey.
“Abkhazia has once again been let down,” Tunçbilek said.
disappointment at decision by current officials not to take the chance
and compensate for the serious mistake of a former Turkish government:
“The Turkish foreign
ministry expressed refusal to meet with the Abkhazian president well
before his trip was planned. This cannot be tolerated. It also hurt us
sentimentally to know that Bagapsh was blocked in his attempts only to
be here with the Abkhazian Diaspora. The Turkish foreign ministry seems
to lose its chance to have a say in solving the question between
Abkhazia and Georgia when it turned a blind eye to its own citizens of
Caucasian descent. This also added weight to the claims that takes sides
with the Georgian government at the expense of losing its impartiality.
Besides, the Turkish government threw Abkhazia into isolation over again
as a country that suffered years of blockage in its international trade
after it was defeated in the 1992-1993 wars.
In short, Bagapsh was
definitely not take his trip in a bid to throw into crisis or clash. He
only wanted to see, contact, listen to and embrace the Abkhazians as
they are unable to go back to their homeland due to years of embargoing.
However, he was even stopped from doing so. In the end, it is a shame on
the part of the Turkish government not to allow Bagapsh to take his trip
to whereas the government seemingly supports efforts to earn a central
role to play in its region.
As members of the
Caucasian Foundation, we protest and find it difficult to tolerate a
refusal of this kind to allow a peaceful leader of state to be in.
Bagapsh’s trip gets
Sergei Bagapsh had to cancel its trip to Turkey as he met with
persistent objection from the Turkish Foreign Ministry not to do so.
Already displeased with
news of the Abkhazian trip to Turkey, officials of the Turkish Foreign
Ministry pressed Abkhazian officials in Sukhum, capital of Abkhazia, to
cancel their plans of the trip that had been scheduled to October 17.
The Turkish officials
were careful not to disturb Georgia with Bagapsh being allowed to meet
with members of the Abkhazian Diaspora; therefore, the Turkish
government tried first to alter the structure of the trip. Unable to do
so, the government then sought cancellation of the trip.
Minister Sergei Shamba was contacted through the Turkish embassy in
Tbilisi to cancel plans of the trip to Turkey between October 17 and 24.
confronts anger over killing of Russian soldiers
Moscow, The government of Georgia
has now to confront both harsh criticism and questioning from Russia
over a military raid of Georgian troops on Abkhazians in the province of
Tkuarchal that left two Russian soldiers dead.
between Georgia and Russia results from a late official finding in a
report by UNOMIG that the September 20 attack killed, apart from two
Abkhazian soldiers, two Russian peace force members. The report said
that two Russian soldiers were shot dead from a close distance. Experts
are led by this finding to the conclusion that the soldiers were shot
dead after they were injured.
UNOMIG is a
sub-organization of the United Nations established in 1993 to observe
compliance on both parts of Georgia and Abkhazia with the ceasefire.
The fighting led to the
abduction of seven Abkhazian soldiers by Georgians.
Russia accused in the
wake of the report release Georgia of deliberate murder. “The report
shows that murders were committed within the sites of Georgian Special
Forces. This must be taken as a deliberate act of killing without the
slightest mercifulness ever shown. The murderers must get the punishment
that matches their offence,” an official statement from the Russian
Foreign Ministry said.
Admitting that two
Russian soldiers were killed, Georgian official tend to remain reticent
until the report officially gets released.
The fighting occurred
not in the region under Abkhazian control but in
Upper Kodor, according to the Georgian
administration. This way, Georgia sought to report to the international
community an accusation against both Abkhazia and Russia of sabotaging
However, the UNOMIG
report put Abkhazia in the right. The report said that the fighting
occurred at a military training camp in the Abkhazian
inwards from the border, but definitely not in Kodor.
UN adopts resolution
about trouble between Abkhazia and Georgia
New York, The
United Nations Security Council both adopted a draft bill in an
encouraging move towards a peaceful solution of trouble between Abkhazia
and Georgia over the territorial totality of Georgia and extended the
term of duty of the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia, or
UNOMIG, for another six months until April 15, 2008.
UNOMIG was established
in 1993 as an organization with 121 military and 12 civilian officials
to guarantee compliance with the ceasefire agreement between Georgia and
The draft bill received
on Monday unanimous approval from all the 15 member countries of the UN
Security Council. It said that the UN Security Council both backs
efforts to solve peacefully the trouble between Abkhazia and Georgia and
testifies respect for territorial integrity of Georgia in its
independent sovereignty. With its concerns noted about the recently
increasing armed incidents in and around Kodor, the UN Security Council
expressed support for the Group of Friends in its efforts to guarantee
The bill had one-sided
references from Tbilisi to a fight in September between Georgian troops
and Abkhazian forces that led to the kidnapping of seven soldiers from
Abkhazian soil. Tbilisi had it as its argument that Abkhazians were
under the direction of Russian commanders when they entered the upper
The Day of
European Circassians get marked in celebrations
European Circassians had for a second time a great annual celebration at
the European Parliament (EP) of the Day of European Circassians.
Cem Özdemir, a German
member of the Circassian origin of the EP for the Greens, worked
together with some Circassian officials in
Europe to organize the celebrations here, part
of which was a great folk dancing.
The celebrations hosted
welcome from a group of parliamentarians and employees of the EP, among
whom was Joost Lagendijk, chair of the Joint Parliamentary Committee
Mr. Özdemir said in his
speech here that although Circassians had to be scattered across
different parts of the world after they were forced in exile out of
their home countries, they tended to remain faithful to the host
culture. This kind of celebrations to mark the Circassian Day at the EP
would be held each year with a view towards introducing the culture of
Circassians, who had to go through hardships for ages, Mr. Özdemir
added. Representatives of the Circassian organizations in
Europe gave in a ceremony an Adygean flag as a
special gift to Luisa Morgantini, Deputy Speaker of the EP.
demands Georgia pull troops out of Kodor gorge
Sukhum, Abkhazia demands that
Tbilisi withdraw its troops from Abkhazia's border, a spokesman for the
Abkhazian president said on Tuesday.
"Georgia must withdraw its military units
from the upper part of the Kodor gorge, together with its puppet
administration," Kristian Bzhania said.
He said that in a recent resolution, the
UN Security Council said it "shares Abkhazia's position, expressing
serious concern over numerous violations of ceasefire and disengagement
On Monday, the United Nations Security
unanimously approved an extension of the mandate for its monitors in
Georgia by another six months, until April 15, 2008.
UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) was established on August 24,
1993 by a UN Security Council resolution in order to monitor the
ceasefire between Georgia and Abkhazia.
province declared its independence from Georgia after the collapse of
the Soviet Union in 1991, sparking a bloody conflict in the region.
UN Security Council also demanded that Georgia ensure the free movement
of Russian peacekeepers in the region, noting their stabilizing role.
Earlier, Georgia had demanded that Russian peacekeepers be withdrawn and
replaced with an international contingent.
accusations of ceasefire violations have been frequent from both
Abkhazia and Georgia, whose president, Mikheil Saakashvili, has vowed to
regain control of Abkhazia.
most recent peace talks broke off when Tbilisi sent troops into Kodor in
July last year and established a parallel Abkhaz administration there.
to Russia's Foreign Ministry, on September 20 this year a Georgian
special forces unit crossed the border into Abkhazia and attacked
servicemen at a military base belonging to the anti-terrorist center of
the Abkhazian Interior Ministry.
last month, Abkhazian President Sergei
the deployment of additional local forces to Abkhazia's border with
scheduled to take his Turkey trip
Abkhazian President Sergei Bagapsh is set on October 17 to take his trip
to Turkey in a fond embrace of the Abkhazian Diaspora here despite
immense pressure from both Georgia and the Georgian lobbyists in Turkey
not to do so.
Bagapsh is expected to
arrive in Istanbul at around 4 pm this Wednesday. He will have with him
Viacheslav Tsugba, a Former Prime Minister of Abkhazia; Irina Agirba,
Deputy Parliament Speaker of Abkhazia; Kristina Ozgan, Minister of
Economy; Maksim Gunjia, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and a group
of parliamentarians. Bagapsh will first meet with representatives of the
Abkhazian Diaspora at the Caucasian Association for Abkhazian Culture.
Bagapsh will first hold
a press conference on October 18 at the Sepetciler Kasri, a historical
site of Istanbul, and then will meet with representatives of some
large-scale companies at the Istanbul Commercial University.
On October 19, he will
meet at the Caucasian Association for Abkhazian Culture with Abkhazian
families of those who were killed in war, Abkhazian veterans, those who
provided humanitarian aid during the Abkhazian war against Georgians,
war correspondents, the Abkhazians who are married to a spouse from the
Abkhazian Diaspora in Turkey, and the Abkhazian students studying in
On October 20, Bagapsh
will attend a series of special activities in the Uzuncaorman village of
the Hendek district of Sakarya, a city in northeastern Turkey.
He is expected to meet
with officials in Ankara, capital of Turkey, on October 21, when he will
first visit the tomb of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern
Turkey, and then the Federation of Caucasian Associations, or KAF-FED.
On October 22, Bagapsh
is expected to hold a press conference at the Swiss Hotel. He will then
be hosted to attend a panel discussion on Abkhazia at the TOBB
University of Economics and Technology. On the night of October
large formal party with dancing will be given for Bagapsh at the Swiss
Bagapsh will then meet
with representatives of some think tanks and opinion leaders at a formal
meting at the TOBB University. The Abkhazian president and other
Abkhazia officials will leave Turkey on October 24.
UN Security Council
extends Georgian mission mandate by 6 months - 1
NEW YORK, October 15 (RIA Novosti) - The
UN Security Council unanimously approved an extension of the mandate for
its observer mission in Georgia on Monday by another six months, until
April 15, 2008.
The UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG)
was established on August 24, 1993 by a UN Security Council resolution
in order to monitor a ceasefire between Georgia and Abkhazia.
Abkhazia declared independence from
Georgia following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, sparking a
bloody conflict in the region.
The UN Security Council also demanded on
Monday, in a unanimously-adopted resolution, that Georgia ensure the
free movement of Russian peacekeepers in the region, noting their
Earlier, Georgia had demanded that Russian
peacekeepers be withdrawn and replaced with an international contingent.
Mutual accusations of ceasefire violations
have been frequent from both Abkhazia and Georgia, whose President
Mikheil Saakashvili has vowed to regain control of Abkhazia.
The most recent peace talks broke off when
Tbilisi sent troops into Kodor in July and established a parallel Abkhaz
Russia's envoy to the UN, Vitaly Churkin
said on Monday that the UN has no doubts regarding the present format of
talks on the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict. The talks involve the
participation of Russia and its peacekeeping contingent,
"Unfortunately, Georgia intends to block
the negotiating process in this or that way, and then complains about
its ineffectiveness. Such approaches do not find understanding in the
UN," he added.
Abkhazia, Dniester region, S Ossetia to meet in Sukhum
Sukhum, The leaders of Abkhazia, the Dniester region and South
Ossetia will meet here in late October.
The leaders of these self-proclaimed
republics in the CIS space united in the community “For Democracy and
Rights of Peoples”. The events and meetings within the framework of the
community will be held since October 30 to November 2, Abkhazia’s Deputy
Foreign Minister Daur Kove told Itar-Tass on Friday.
In particular, a scientific conference
will be held at the Abkhazian University. A declaration is expected to
be signed to found an association of the higher educational
establishments in Abkhazia, the Dniester region and South Ossetia.
The community “For Democracy and Rights of
Peoples” was formed in summer 2006 in order to intensify cooperation
between the self-proclaimed republics.
discovers Georgia-Abkhazia shoot-out initiators?
envoy to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, has reported to the Security Council
that, according to the preliminary results of the UN investigation
Georgia was responsible for a shoot-out on the border of its breakaway
region of Abkhazia last month, which left two people dead.
The Russian envoy said he had drawn the
attention of the Security Council to what he called “numerous occasions
According to the UN investigation of the
incident, Mr Churkin said, on September 20 Georgian Special Forces
attacked a group of Abkhazians killing two of them and abducting seven.
investigation has not been completed but two things are completely clear
and certain. Firstly, that the attack happened on the territory
controlled by the Abkhazians, so the Georgian Special Forces had no
business being there at all. Secondly, the two officers killed were shot
at point blank. That makes it clearly a gang-style execution,” Mr
Ambassador Churkin is urging the UN to
urgently conclude this investigation and fully punish the perpetrators.
He's also calling for the captured Abkhazian guards to be immediately
Earlier the Georgian side denied any wrong
doing in relation to the incident, claiming an Abkhazian group attacked
Georgian guards who were protecting a road-building site in the Kodor
Mr Churkin’s announcement was made after
Thursday’s meeting, which was aimed at finalising the draft resolution
that would extend the UN mission in Georgia for a year.
The UN observer mission in Georgia was
established in 1993 to maintain stability in the conflict zone, help
prevent escalating tension and facilitate dialogue between the Georgian
and Abkhazian sides.
On Monday the resolution will be presented
to the Security Council and voted on just as the old mandate expires.
Krammig to be one of those friends
of Abkhazia who promote our interests in Europe - President
Head of State Sergei Bagapsh awarded the Order "Ahdz Apsha" third
degree Honorary Consul of Abkhazia in Germany Eugen Krammig.
The President praised the contribution of Krammig in promoting the
interests of Abkhazia in the European countries. "Krammig is one of
the people, due to who Europe knows about our country, about our
struggle for international recognition of the country," said Sergei
UN urges Georgia
to respect Abkhazia cease-fire
A recent clash illustrates ongoing
Georgian-Abkhaz tensions, says UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The
United Nations has warned Georgia that it must stick to its earlier
agreements and not provoke Abkhazia. But Saakashvili answered by
publicly announcing a "countdown" to war.
New York, A deadly clash last month
between Georgia and Abkhazia underscores the need for both sides to
abide by their agreements and to bring additional areas under
international monitoring, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new
Despite relative calm in recent months,
the incident that occurred on 20 September is "the most serious incident
involving the Georgian and Abkhaz sides in many years," Mr. Ban writes
in his latest report on the situation in Abkhazia, Georgia.
He notes that the incident took place
outside the area of responsibility of the UN Observer Mission in Georgia
(UNOMIG) and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) peacekeeping
force. Georgia attacked an Abkhazian border post and UNOMIG is now
attempting to shed light on the bloodsoaked incident.
In light of this recent fatal clash, Mr.
Ban recommends that areas between the zone of conflict and the Kodor
Valley be put under international monitoring, with the deployment of
unmanned aerial vehicles and artillery radar.
At the same time, he stresses the need to
"prevent the weakening of the ceasefire and separation of forces regime."
" - We will continue to insist on the
obligation of both sides to keep their armed personnel clear from one
another, observe the restrictions of the restricted-weapons zone and
respect the agreed notification and verification procedures," the
He adds that the continued suspension and
absence of security dialogue between the Georgian and Abkhaz sides,
UNOMIG and the CIS peacekeeping force can only compound recent negative
developments, such as the "dangerous stand-offs" that have occurred
during the reporting period between the Georgian side and the CIS force.
Abkhazia, on the other hand, is not
provoking anyone and merely wants to go on with the business of
rebuilding the war-torn country which has been 'de facto' independent of
Georgia since 1993.
Georgia angry at the United Nations
In a July report, the office of the UN
secretary-general recommended dismantling Georgia's so called "youth
patriot camp" in Ganmukhuri, which the Georgian regime had deliberately
placed less than a kilometer from Abkhazian territory on the other side
of the demarcating Ingur River.
This caused Georgia's ruler to lash out at
the United Nations. In early September, not long before leaving for New
York to address the UN General Assembly, Georgian strongman Mikheil
Saakashvili declared from the Ganmukhuri camp that his administration
had no need for the “amoral and miserable advice” of “international
On Friday, Saakashvili publicly gave
notice to Abkhazia that he is ready to start a new war over the
territory which he believes is part of Georgia, despite the wish of the
Abkhazians for independence.
" - As of today, we are beginning a
countdown to our return to Abkhazia," warned Saakashvili in an October 5
speech in Zugdidi, just south of the 'de facto' border with Abkhazia.
While Georgia prepares for war, the United
Nations is actively trying to force Georgia to respect the cease-fire
agreement that it has signed. With the mandate of UNOMIG set to expire
shortly, the Secretary-General recommends that it be extended for six
months, as its presence continues to contribute to security in the
conflict zone and international efforts to promote a peaceful settlement.
UNOMIG - currently comprising 133
military observers and 19 police officers - was established in August
1993 to verify compliance with the ceasefire agreement between the
Georgia and Abkhazia. Its mandate was expanded following the signing by
the parties of the 1994 Agreement on a Ceasefire and Separation of
Forces. (With information from the United
Imports May Resume
Russia may soon resume imports of wine
from Abkhazia, chief epidemiologist Gennady Onishchenko said Thursday,
"Abkhazia made some 10 wines and one
cognac available to us to conduct checks on," Onishchenko said at a news
conference. "Abkhaz wine may soon appear in Russia."
The Moscow Times
S.Ossetian leaders to meet in Moscow for consultations
Moscow, The presidents of the
republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Sergei Bagapsh and Eduard
Kokoity, will meet in Moscow on Friday to discuss the situation in
Georgia and in the conflict zones.
"Kokoity and I will meet for consultations
today. We must coordinate our moves, given the growing tensions in
Georgia and the latest attempts to further stoke the Georgian-Abkhaz and
Georgian- Ossetian conflicts," Bagapsh told Interfax.