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Recommendation to recognize2010-02-26 22:59
The English press calls for Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's recognition. Publication of the article by a British expert for Caucasus that has long been lobbying Abkhaz interests coincides with Russia's new call on the OSCE to accept new reality in South Caucasus. Europe offered no reaction either lapsing into deep thinking or simply ignoring...
Almost all Russian media quoted the article in The Guardian, an influential British newspaper that recommends that Georgia and its Western partners put up with Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's independence - however strange it may sound.
The article by George Hewitt, a professor at London University deals with Georgia's new strategy on the so-called "occupied" territories that has already been approved by European experts. Under the strategy Tbilisi shall suspend status discussion of the two republics recognized by Russia and settle contacts with Sukhum and Tskhinval in humanitarian and economic directions. The force scenario in territorial integrity restoration is rejected.
Hewitt compares this strategy with building castles in the sky. "Georgia's recently published state strategy on occupied territories demonstrates the dangerous gap between theory and reality - like the 1936 Soviet Constitution in the middle of Stalin Terror", - Inopressa.ru quotes.
According to the author the strategy totally ignores the main problem: the Abkhazians and South Ossetians have not the slightest wish to be "reintegrated" into a unitary Georgian state. "Their priorities are direct contacts with the west along with the freedom to travel outside their republics on their own passports. If the west refuses to meet these requests, the result will not be a weakening of resolve but even closer links with Moscow", - is written in the article.
Statements by Abkhaz and Ossetian experts only confirm Hewett's remark: recently the experts were trying to find possibilities to interact with Georgian public figures at a conference in Armenia.
"We want good neighborly relations with Georgia: but we have our home, they have theirs. Georgian authorities have done their best to elbow out South Ossetia and Abkhazia. We don't exist on the map of Georgia, that means they don't need us". - Timur Tskhurpat, a South Ossetian publicist told Armenia Today agency.