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War in Abkhazia: Sukhum’s opinion

2010-08-16 16:06

6672.jpegAugust 14 was a mourning date for Abkhazia and Georgia: 18 years ago, in 1992, a ferocious war started between the Georgian and Abkhaz armies. Abkhaz statehood, which irritated Tbilisi even as autonomy, was put at stake. Georgian State Council brought half-legal troops in the territory of the republic under a false pretext. The Abkhaz will remember the Georgians' guile and atrocities for as long as the witnesses and participants of the war are alive. One of them, Abkhaz historian Aslan Avidzba, shared his recollections and reflections with GeorgiaTimes


- Please, tell us where you were on the day the Georgian troops entered Abkhazia.

- I was in Abkhazia, at home; it was Friday, August 14, a hot summer day. The war began. I learnt about it from hearsay, like everyone else. Then, TV reported the Georgian State Council troops being brought into Abkhazia. Our parliament adopted a resolution on mobilization of men from 18 to 40 but mobilization was voluntary at that time.

- Did you have an immediate impression that Georgians came with evil, hostile intentions? In Georgia, they say they had a right to transfer the troops throughout Abkhazia so long as it was part of their country.

- There was a feeling of a real war because it had been felt in the Abkhaz air for a year or two by that time. When someone brings armor and planes into the country and starts gunning beaches and taking hostages, everything becomes clear. There were no legitimate authorities in Tbilisi then, and the troops resembled some rabble that had been released from prisons by the amnesty announced by the same kind of criminals that came to power in Georgia, such as Otar Iosiliani, Tengiz Kitovani and the like. Of course, their aim was to deprive Abkhazia of its statehood, even the statehood it had while being part of Georgia. But the purpose of Georgia's "brave defenders" was common plundering. Here, they mostly violated the people.

- They say in Georgia that the Abkhaz side was the first to fire. The troops came but they did not start any military actions.

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