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Cooperation with RF priority task for Abkhazia – President Ankvab

August 25, 2012, 21:55 UTC+3

Abkhazia marks the republic’s Independence Day on August 26

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SUKHUM, August 25 (Itar-Tass) — The years, which passed after the recognition of independence by Russia, “were very intensive in the foreign and internal policy”, Abkhazian President Alexander Ankvab said on Saturday.

Abkhazia marks the republic’s Independence Day on August 26.

“The recognition of the independence was followed by signing the interstate treaty, which became the base for legal relationship with Russia, and several important agreements, which opened new ways for close cooperation in different fields. Among them I can name the programme for economic and social assistance to Abkhazia. This work continues,” the Abkhazian president said.

In his words, other countries, not too big, recognised the independence of Abkhazia. Cooperation develops with these countries. “Possibilities have been given to develop the country’s potential. We gain momentum,” Ankvab said.

Commenting on further prospects for the development of Russian-Abkhazian relations, the president said they “are the best ones”. “I reiterated that we maintained cooperation with Russia in all directions. The nature, the level and the quality of interaction allow us to be convinced in the success. Strategic partnership envisions hard work. The main thing is to do this work and express readiness for the dialogue. This is the essence of our cooperation,” the Abkhazian president stressed.

On the state border with Georgia, Ankvab said, “This is the long and expensive process, which is held by the Russian FSB Border Guard Service in the Republic of Abkhazia.” “The work for organising the state border is done with the use of electronic monitoring. There are difficult areas. Finally, the most effective system is being created jointly with Russia in order to ensure security on the border. Technical events will be completed in the short run,” Ankvab pointed out.

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