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Bagapsh and Ankara unnerving Tbilisi2010-09-10 10:53
Abkhaz leader is leaving for Turkey to meet representatives of the Abkhaz diaspora. Sergey Bagapsh planned this trip a year ago but the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Georgian parliament were throwing sand in the machine calling to limit movement of the "separatist" in any possible way. There was an idea to start criminal prosecution and put Bagapsh on the Interpol wanted list. Nonetheless, the head of the partially recognized republic travels freely around the world meeting leaders of other states and looks tired of retorting hysterical tantrums of his restless neighbor.
Last December Georgia spouted poison betting on whether Bagapsh will be received well in Turkey or not. Deputy FM Nino Kalandadze even stated that if Turkish authorities agreed to do that, the meeting would not be considered as official since the Turkish side allegedly had promised Mikheil Saakashvili not to recognize the breakaway republics. "But despite all that and for us to take timely measures presenting our official position, we invited Turkish ambassador to introduce Turkey's position to us". - she added.
Georgian government repeated more than once for the whole world to know that Sergey Bagapsh's and Edward Kokoyty's "independent games" are not taken seriously. Still reference to Interpol and besiegement of the Turkish ambassador suggest otherwise. Despite all effort to look indifferent and calm Georgia is highly concerned over its former autonomies' free floating. That's why Georgia convinces itself that the Abkhaz president in Turkey is "worse than a Tatar", as a well-known saying goes.
Still Sergey Bagapsh himself stated that he has not been to Turkey yet for one reason only: not to trouble Turkish leadership bound by existing norms of international law. Ankara repeatedly confirmed its readiness to build trade and economic relations with the Abkhaz republic leaving sovereignty unrecognized. Turkish diplomats don't shy away from the republic in disgrace and are happy to meet their colleagues from Abkhazia.
This is how Nurdan Bairaktar Golder, head of department at the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs commented on the situation at a meeting with Abkhaz FM Sergey Shamba in Sukhum: "The purpose of my visit is to show how important Abkhazia and the Turkish community residing here are to us. We have our reality that we must reckon with. Turkey does not recognize Abkhazia but we still intend to develop relationships with the region.
The Abkhaz diaspora is a bridge between our countries. We think we are very lucky: the Abkhaz diaspora is highly active in Turkey able to contribute a lot to building our relationships".