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An Open Letter to the Georgian People (1989), by George Hewitt

A Foreigner’s Observations on the Strained Relations between the Abkhazians and the Georgians
(An Open Letter to the Georgian People)

On 5th  May 1989 there took place at London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies the second Georgian Studies Day. As lecturer in Caucasian Languages I was asked to take part in the conference. I accepted and decided to read the paper which I would have delivered at last year’s 70th anniversary celebrations of the founding of Tbilisi University, had I had the possibility at that time of coming to Tbilisi. But following the tragedy of 9th April (for which my wife and I wish to offer our deepest sympathy to all the relations and friends of those  killed and wounded), and in consideration of the present situation, I reconsidered and expressed just those thoughts which I now wish to share with you, the readers of this letter.

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