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Amendments to the Law on Citizenship of Abkhazia have legal inaccuracies

2009-08-21 16:02

Commission on conducting political and legal expertise of the law of Abkhazia on amendments to the law on Citizenship came to the conclusion that it contains indistinct legal criteria of definition of Gali region residents' citizenship, the message for mass media states - RIA Novosti. Gali region is populated mainly with ethnic Georgians.


The law was adopted by Abkhazian parliament on July 31st and stirred arguments all through the country. On August 3rd opposition staged a protest action, pointing that most residents of Gali region have Georgian citizenship and do not intend to renounce it. Then the parliament withdrew its decision, and on August 4th Sergey Bagapsh, the leader of Abkhazia, established a commission to solve the problem.

The Commission believes that work on the law must be conducted with the consideration of experience of the countries survived war. "It's necessary to bear in mind the factor of unsettlement of conflict with Georgia, as well as new realities appeared in the result of the recognition of Republic of Abkhazia", the Commission states. It also recommends MPs to consider the issue in the aspect of national security issues, stirring interest and discussions with representatives of various political forces. "The Commission believes the process of making decisions on the issue should be made more public, as, in its turn, it will allow to decrease possibility of various political forces manipulating public opinion, to minimal".

Previously Georgia Times reported that the endorsement of the amendments to the Law on Citizenship made Stanislav Lakoba, the Security Council of Abkhazia Secretary, resign.


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