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Abkhazia’s president elect says no proposals from Georgia on direct dialogue

August 27, 2014, 21:24 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, August 27. /ITAR-TASS/. Abkhazia has not received any specified proposals on setting up direct dialogue from Georgia, Abkhazia’s President-Elect Raul Khadzhimba said Wednesday in an exclusive interview with ITAR-TASS.

Khadzhimba won an early presidential election that was held on Sunday.

“Only the so-called Geneva floor (consultations among Russia, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Georgia under the auspices of the European security organization OSCE that are held more or less regularly in Geneva. — ITAR-TASS) exists today and it’s there that the two sides discuss all the crucial problems there,” he said.

“We need security guarantees but unfortunately we don’t have any, except the empty phases on preparedness to talk to us,” Khadzhimba said.

“We’d like Georgia to realize finally that the independent Abkhazia’s existence is a fact of reality,” he said, stressing the importance Georgia’s reconciling with it and signing an agreement on the non-use of force, which would put bilateral relations on a positive track.

“We understand we won’t get away from Georgia as a neighbor anywhere, we’re destined to live side by side and to build up a relationship that will make it possible for us to minimize external risks and threats,” Khadzhimba said.

He voiced the confidence that Russia was playing the main role in that sphere, as it had been assuring peace and security and deploying its peacekeepers in the region for many long years.

Russia recognized Abkhazia and South Ossetia, another former region of Georgia, in 2008. The government in Tbilisi, the EU and the U.S. do not recognize the two young South Caucasian nations and continue insisting on Georgia’s territorial integrity.

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