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Abkhazian border on lock soon2009-04-10 12:48
Abkhaz authorities assisted by Russian military contingent decided to reinforce the border with Georgia as the republic's Foreign Ministry statement reads.
"We took this decision in view of escalating threats of military provocations from Georgia and the recent capture of a Turkish tanker in neutral waters on the route from Sukhum to Istanbul by Georgian military boats, - the text of the statement is presented by the government press service. - We are taking additional measures to ensure better control of air space and naval security of the republic's territorial waters". Official Sukhum plans to terminate "subversive activities carried out by Georgian special services making all possible efforts for that in Kodory Valley".
The Abkhaz Foreign Ministry also remarks that in conditions when the border situation remains tense Sukhum needs support. And it is only Moscow that can provide it. "Numerous appeals of the Abkhaz side to international community and in particular to the European monitoring mission to Georgia with regard to the threat of tension being aggravated in the conflict zone have not been answered notwithstanding that all this time Georgia has been increasing its military presence in the European monitoring mission's zone of responsibility".
It will be remarked that the issue of reinforcement of Georgian-Abkhaz border was first brought up immediately after acquisition of independence. Execution of the Treaty on friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance with Russia allowed for legal formalization of the new republic's plans. With the help of Russia Abkhaz leader Sergey Bagapsh hopes for peace and quiet in the region. In early March the Abkhaz president informed of his intention to sign the agreement on deployment of the Russian military base in Gudauty for the period of 49 years. Moreover Russia and Abkhazia have agreed on construction of a naval base for Russian ships in Ochamchyr and an air base in Bombora. Presently the base for land forces is already formed. As Russia's Land Forces Commander Vladimir Boldyrev said in March it was undergoing fit-out.
Probably official Sukhum's decision on joint border control in early April was not part of the plans. However the latest story with the Turkish Denfa Demet ship delivering POL to the republic detained by Georgian patrol boats in neutral waters has spurred Abkhazia to take decisive measures. The republic's Foreign Ministry believes this act is another confirmation of Georgia's intention to raise a new wave of the conflict escalation.