Alexander Rahr: Georgia will not regain Abkhazia and South Ossetia
Well-known European expert Alexander Rahr expressed confidence that Abkhazia and South Ossetia are unlikely to give up its independence.
As the "Bulletin of Caucasus" reported, Rahr said that the situation with the sovereignty of Tskhinval and Sukhum is different. According to him, Abkhazia has finally determined in relation to their own independence, while in South Ossetia, there are still supporters of return in Georgia.
"If you ask me, I will say that over time more countries will recognize Abkhazia, including Turkey. If not, then individual states will have very good trade relations with Abkhazia, and it can even survive. And not only survive but also develop itself as a sovereign state, maybe not recognized by all, but de quasi - unrecognized. Nobody will doubt in it. Other countries on the planet, such as Northern Cyprus, have been developing the same way" - said Rahr.
Speaking of South Ossetia, he noted that "there still everything is possible", up to a voluntary return to Georgia. According to him, this development is possible if Tbilisi offer RSO some "interesting economic project".
"If the Georgian policy will aim to ensure uncompromising returning of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in any case, and will not offer any compromises with regard to Russia, then the conflict will persist, but the problem will not be resolved. I believe that the next president of Georgia will improve relations with its neighbors, in some way he will have to admit the error of the Georgian leadership in August of 2008 in order to stabilize the situation in his country"- added Alexander Rahr.
After the armed conflict in South Ossetia in August 2008, unleashed by the Georgian authorities, Russia, speaking on the side of Tskhinval, and recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Later, Moscow's position was supported by Nicaragua, Venezuela and Nauru. Official Tbilisi severed diplomatic relations with the Russian side and the two republics were called "occupied territories".