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Abkhazia switching onto peaceful track2010-05-26 00:01
Abkhazian President Sergey Bagapsh is going to switch the country from the war-like track onto the peaceful one. As he admitted, this is not going to be easy. Georgia is still dangerous, although Russian safety guarantee and humanitarian assistance enable the independent state to realize new large-scale projects. The projects will include the development of tourism and agriculture, oil-and-gas wells drilling on the Black Sea shore, forest protection and many other aspects. However, it is only via sustainable economy that the Abkhazians may avoid the fate of a "tangerine republic".
Not so long ago, President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili declared an epoch of a breakthrough and promised to settle the problems with water supply and sewerage. The conquest of Abkhazia and South Ossetia ceased being a number-one task.
Abkhazia started breathing deeply and one of these days President Sergey Bagapsh declared an epoch of peaceful projects. According to him, the time when the republic was torn between war and peace and had to spend so much efforts on quarreling with Georgia is over. Russian troops helped put the Georgian issue on the backburner, while the priority is now given to the construction of the efficient economy.
Russia will provide the republics with a start-up capital of 10 billion rubles without compensation. "Russia is helping us to our feet. It does not want our small territory; it wants just stableness in the South and North Caucasus", - Bagapsh explained.
The Abkhaz promise to spend these means reasonably. Abkhazia is not going to remain a republic exporting just tangerines and mimosa. As the president joked on the matter, eating citrus fruit on an empty stomach may be harmful so long as one may get gastric ulcer. He said that a number of projects has been developed already in the fields of vegetable farming, fish rearing, animal breeding, poultry farming, tea growing and other fields of agriculture.
According to him, resorts should become the basis of the budget receipts of the republics, Apsnypress reports. Fortunately, the flow of the Russian tourists grew as soon as Russia recognized Abkhazia's independence. Last year, one million people visited the Abkhaz resorts, just like in the Soviet times.
According to Bagapsh, Abkhazia is going to spend three billion Russian rubles on the improvement of the resorts infrastructure. The means will be spent on the repair and construction of the disposal facilities, water pipes, schools, roads and "everything necessary for the people that come here to spend the holidays".