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Sergei Bagapsh said Abkhazia calls on Russia to recognise its independence due to mutual relations between the two countries
President of the self-proclaimed republic of Abkhazia, Sergei Bagapsh, said Abkhazia calls on Russia to recognise its independence due to mutual relations between the two countries. Speaking at an expanded session of Abkhazia’s parliament on Wednesday, Bagapsh said, “Russia saved Abkhazia’s population to help cope with the consequences of the humanitarian catastrophe. Russia’s regions maintain close economic and social relations with our republic. Russia is the unique country, which agrees to shoulder the burden of peacekeeping efforts in the region. About 100 Russian soldiers became victims during their peacekeeping mission in the region.” “The nation’s centuries-long experience shows that Abkhazia can’t coexist with Georgia on the common legal space. Abkhazian ethnics can’t be guaranteed from encroachment on their development, on their inalienable right and sovereignty. Even the most democratic forms of Georgia’s state structure can’t guarantee security of the Abkhazian people itself. The whole history of Georgian-Abkhazian relations – from the Democratic Republic of Georgia to our days – proves of this. The persecution of people, the elimination of intellectuals, culture, history, toponymy, and permanent military aggressions are characteristic to our relations. It’s Georgia’s unalterable attitude towards us,” Bagapsh stressed. After the end of the Georgian-Abkhazian war “the threat of physical elimination of the Abkhazian people didn’t lessen. On the contrary, it increased,” the Abkhazian leader said. “By enjoying support of certain states Georgia’s leadership is actively arming the country. Georgia acquires military hardware and prepares its army and civilians for a new war and new victims. The events in the upper part of the Kodori gorge continue a series of Georgia’s military provocations during the post-war crisis. All this proves once again that it is impossible for Abkhazs and Georgians to live in one state,” he emphasised. Earlier in the day, Abkhazia’s parliament addressed Russia’s leadership to recognise independence of the self-proclaimed republic. A resolution to this effect was adopted at the expanded parliament session on Wednesday. The session involved Abkhazian President Sergei Bagapsh, representatives of all bodies of power, public and political movements and parties, and religious associations. “Abkhazia has all necessary signs of a sovereign state that are recognised by the world community. Its structure and activity corresponds to all criteria of a democratic and social state, and of a rule-of-law state that is based on a representative democracy and the division of powers. The Republic of Abkhazia built democratic institutions – developed civil society, free independent mass media, legal opposition, effective juridical system,” the address says. “The 13-year-long post-war period proved that independent Abkhazia is de-facto a viable state. It is necessary to legitimate its sovereignty in compliance with the U.N. Charter,” the document says. “Based on the right of peoples to self-determination, historical realities of the development of Abkhazia’s statehood, political and legal grounds of Abkhazia’s existence as a sovereign state, Russia’s key role in the fate of the Abkhazian people and its statehood, friendly ties, close mutual relations between the people of Abkhazia and the peoples of the Russian Federation, the Abkhazian people’s wish to link its fate with Russia (more than 90 percent of the population of Abkhazia acquired Russian citizenship), the People’s Assembly orders: the republic should address the President of Russia and the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation to recognise independence of the Republic of Abkhazia and establish associated relations between Russia and Abkhazia,” the address says.
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