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Foreign Ministry: Abkhazia will arrest vessels heading for Georgia2009-09-01 14:47
Abkhazia is ready to respond to the actions of Georgian border guards detaining sea vessels heading for the republic - Regions.ru.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"Abkhazia will have to take adequate measures and arrest vessels heading for Georgia. It will be our response to the pirates' actions of Georgian border guards", said Sergei Shamba, the Foreign Minister of Abkhazia.
Previously Georgia Times reported that captain of BUKET vessel arrested in Abkhazian basin, was sentenced to 24 years in prison, and the ship was passed to the Ministry of Finance of Georgia. According to Zurab Ardzinba, the general director of Abkhazian Sea Steam Line, it has been the third case of capturing vessels carrying peaceful cargo too Abkhazia, by Georgia.
In the light of this event Sergey Bagapsh, the leader of Abkhazia, turned to the EU, the UNSC and to the president of France Nicolas Sarkozy with a request to provide adequate assessment to Georgia's actions and demand cessation of destabilizing the situation. He blamed Georgia for "use of all methods of political and economic pressure on Abkhazia".