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146 Georgian Students from Occupied Areas Enroll in Universities

146 school graduates from Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia enrolled at universities in the Tbilisi-controlled territory in 2018, according to the regions’ exiled administrations. 138 students are from Gali district in Abkhazia, and the remaining eight are from Akhalgori district in Tskhinvali. Gali and Akhalgori are predominantly populated by ethnic …

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45th Round of Geneva International Discussions

The 45th round of the Geneva International Discussions (GID) – the multilateral mediation forum to address security and humanitarian consequences of the Russo-Georgian War of August 2008 – was held on October 9-10. This marked the tenth anniversary of the forum. Positions taken: Georgia The Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs …

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Sokhumi, Tskhinvali Authorities Denounce PM Bakhtadze’s UNGA Speech

The “foreign ministries” of the Russian-backed authorities of Abkhazia and South Ossetia denounced Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze’s UNGA speech on September 27, in which he offered “a common future” to “the Abkhaz and [South] Ossetian compatriots.” In a statement on September 28, Sokhumi authorities urged Tbilisi to “stop indulging in illusions that …

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Georgian Leaders Commemorate the Fall of Sokhumi

Georgian officials and opposition leaders commemorated the 25th anniversary of the fall of Sokhumi on September 27, 1993, marking the end of armed conflict in Abkhazia in 1992-1993. Speaking at the wreath laying ceremony at the memorial of fallen Georgian soldiers in Tbilisi, Parliament Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze said the occasion …

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New Abkhaz Government Head Appointed

Raul Khajimba, the Moscow-backed leader of Abkhazia, appointed on September 18 Valery Bganba as the head of the region’s 12-member “cabinet of ministers.” The position became vacant following the death of Gennady Gagulia, who served at the post from April 2018. Introducing the new head to the “cabinet of ministers” …

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Syria Signs Agreement on Tax-Free Trade with Sokhumi

The Syrian government signed on September 6 an agreement on trade and economic cooperation with representatives of the Russian-backed authorities of Abkhazia, envisioning the establishment of a tax-free regime between the two. The agreement was inked by Syrian Economy Minister Mohammad Samer al-Khalil and his Sokhumi counterpart, Adgur Ardzinba, during …

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U.S. Bans Aid to Syria Amid its Recognition of Abkhazia, S.Ossetia

The United States have added Syria to the list of the countries banned from receiving U.S. aid due to its recent recognition of, and establishment of diplomatic relations with Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia. Although largely symbolic, since the Damascus does not benefit from any U.S. direct aid, the move …

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Abkhaz Leader Meets Bashar al-Assad in Damascus

Raul Khajimba, the Moscow-backed leader of Abkhazia, is on a four-day visit to Damascus, where he met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on September 4 and signed an agreement on friendship and cooperation. According to the Abkhaz authorities, at the meeting, Khajimba thanked Assad for recognizing the independence of Abkhazia, …

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Georgia MFA: “Moscow will have to change its decision” of 26 August 2008

Georgian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on August 26 saying the Russian Federation “will have to change its illegal decision of August 2008” to recognize independence of “indivisible regions of Georgia” – Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia. Today “the entire international community supports Georgia’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and international justice,” …

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Recognized occupation

The Presidents of Abkhazia (Sergei Bagapsh), Russia (Dimitri Medvedev) and South Ossetia (Eduard Kokoity) shake hands. Photo: kremlin.ru

In the direct aftermath of the 2008 Russian – Georgian war, the Russian Federation undertook a range of measures to extract both South Ossetia and Abkhazia from Georgia, starting with the recognition of both as independent, this weekend exactly ten years ago. A little exploration in the past. Two weeks after …

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Tskhinvali, Sokhumi Leaders Visit Russia, Meet Vladimir Putin

Anatoly Bibilov and Raul Khajimba, Moscow-backed leaders of Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia and Abkhazia, respectively, met today with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, and discussed the deepening of ties. The Russian President told Bibilov that Moscow is “sparing no efforts to ensure security of the Republic of South Ossetia, [and] support …

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Recognition

On August 12, ten years ago, when Georgia’s final defeat by Russian troops was near, a hastily negotiated ceasefire agreement between French President Nikolas Sarkozy acting on behalf of the EU and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev was drafted. The Americans and Europeans recognized time was running out if they wanted …

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Tbilisi to Catalogue IDP Property in S.Ossetia

The Government of Georgia will resume logging of private property of internally displaced persons in their places of origin. As part of the process, launched in 2006 but carried out with periodic interruptions, the authorities have already catalogued the property possessions of about 67 thousand households in Abkhazia. This time, the …

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Russian General Appointed as Abkhaz Army Chief

Major General Vasily Lunev, a career Russian military officer, has been appointed as chief of the general staff of the armed forces of Abkhazia, replacing General Anatoly Khrulev, who held the post from May 2015. The announcement was made on August 2, following Lunev’s meeting with Abkhaz leader Raul Khajimba. …

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Tskhinvali Leader Visits Syria, Meets Bashar Al-Assad

Anatoly Bibilov, the Moscow-backed leader of Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia, is on a three-day visit to Damascus, where he met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on July 23 and signed an agreement on friendship and cooperation. According to Tskhinvali authorities, at the meeting, Bibilov thanked Assad for recognizing the independence of …

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Georgian MFA Condemns Syrian Agreement with Tskhinvali

The Assad regime’s recognition of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions, as well as its decision to establish diplomatic relations with the two territories, “has no legal power,” the press office of the Georgian Foreign Ministry (MFA) told Civil.ge on July 23. The MFA statement follows the visit of Tskhinvali “foreign minister” …

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Syrian Opposition Leader Denounces Abkhazia, S.Ossetia Recognition

Abdurrahman Mustafa, President of the Syrian National Coalition, a political platform uniting the main Syrian opposition groups, denounced Assad regime’s recognition of the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Mustafa, who represents the Syrian Turkmen Council in the Coalition, made the statement at his June 5 meeting with the Georgian …

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After Assad Debacle, Syrian Opposition backs Georgia

Precisely a month after Georgia has severed diplomatic relations with the Damascus following Assad regime’s decision to recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Tbilisi has scored a point by achieving the backing of the Syrian opposition for its territorial integrity. Georgian Public Television has quoted Nasr al-Hariri, President of the Syrian …

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IPRM Meeting Suspended over ‘Otkhozoria-Tatunashvili List’

The 57th Incident Prevention and Response Mechanisms (IPRMs) in Abkhazia’s eastern Gali district was reportedly suspended today as Russian and Abkhaz participants left the meeting over their disagreement with Georgian representatives. Irakli Antadze of the State Security Service of Georgia said after the meeting that the case of Giga Otkhozoria, …

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