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The West and USA were recommended to change their policy in regard to Abkhazia

2010-05-04 17:20

Professors Alexander Cooley and Lincoln Mitchell, leading American experts on Georgia from Harriman Institute of Columbia University, recommended the West and the USA to change their policy in regard to Abkhazia.


"The United States needs to change its policy towards Abkhazia," Cooley said in the course of his trip to Sokhumi in the framework of project on American-Georgian relations sponsored by Harriman Institute.

"While we should continue to make it clear that we will not recognize its statehood, we must also encourage the region. Otherwise it will just drift further into Russia," the expert said.

Lincoln Mitchell, the head of National Democratic Institute in Tbilisi in the times of the Rose Revolution, reiterated neither the USA nor any EU country will recognize Abkhazia. He also supposed the number of countries, who recognized independency of Abkhazia and South Ossetia is unlikely to grow significantly.

To the present moment they are recognized by Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Nauru.

"Right now there is no discussion in Abkhazia, or in Moscow, about its statehood, it's a given. That could change, but it's going to take harder and harder to changer every year, every month that goes by and with every country that signs on to that proposition," Mitchell said.


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