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Abkhazia to seek new opportunities for cooperation with UN2009-07-09 20:08
Abkhazia's task is to have a possibility to communicate with the world community, not to be isolated from the whole world, the republic's FM Sergey Shamba told journalists today.gt-en-newsitem-inside
It is particularly important for Sukhum to cooperate with "such a global organization as the UN", - ITAR-TASS reports.
According to Shamba Abkhazia's participation in the Geneva process and other international projects is "an important element of recognition and a possibility to display efficiency". "The attitude to the country is based on this impression. That is why our task is to enhance, not interrupt contacts with the world", - the Abkhaz Foreign Minister summed up.
He also noted Sukhum had put forward "entirely fair demands for the UN mission's continuation in the republic" opposing solely to "politicization of this process when old-time formulations that Abkhazia is part of Georgia are used".
In this context he reminded that the UN mission too had begun its work with these formulations, "and all was ended with the Secretary General's report not mentioning Abkhazia as part of Georgia, and this is great progress".
Shamba emphasized that discussing the mission's new mandate Abkhazia had been against having "any hints at formulations from previous resolutions". "That is why Russia, our partner, that protects our interests in the international arena, vetoed the UN Security Council's decision to extend the mandate", - Shamba said.
The Minister also assured that Abkhazia "has no intention to break relations with the UN and will seek opportunities for new formats of cooperation".