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Abkhazia will participate in Genovese discussions only as an equal

2008-11-11 14:22

«The ignoring of Abkhazian side positions by international mediators will not allow Abkhazian representatives to participate in discussions in Geneva», said Sergey Shamba, the Foreign Minister of Abkhazia to Pierre Morel, the special EU representative on crisis issues in Georgia, on their meeting on Monday, informs Day.Az.

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Let us remind that the first round of the discussions in Geneva started on October, 15th and failed: Sergey Shamba, the head of Sukhum's delegation left the negotiations. He explained that he didn't want to stay as the Abkhazian delegates were not allowed to participate in the plenary meeting, but only in expert discussions, even without indications of their state identity.

«Our participation in the discussions is possible only providing our equal rights, and we are not going to sit on the bench of the unrecognized», Sergey Shamba underlined.

He also noticed that the absence of Abkhazian side in political discussions on conflict settlement would negatively affect the whole process and makes progress in key issues of the region impossible.

Pierre Morel, in his turn, said that the efforts of international mediators would be aimed at the resumption of political dialogue of the sides and achievement of mutual understanding on key issues.

 

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