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The Republic of Abkhazia’s Union of Volunteers and Adyghe Khase of the Republic of Abkhazia congratulate the people of Abkhazia

SUKHUM -- The Republic of Abkhazia’s Union of Volunteers and Adyghe Khase of the Republic of Abkhazia congratulate the people of Abkhazia on the forthcoming celebrating of the 16th anniversary of the Independence Day of the Republic of Abkhazia.

Adyghe Khase unites volunteers from Adyghea, Karachay-Cherkessia and Kabardino-Balkaria.

In the terrible years of the 1992-1993 Georgian-Abkhaz war hundreds of volunteers from the North Caucasus and the South of Russia stood shoulder to shoulder with the people of Abkhazia, many of them were lost, defending the rights of the fraternal people and ideals of justice.
"16 years have passed since that memorable day when a flag of Abkhazia was hoisted on the border with Georgia. We the war volunteers-veterans will always be united by love to Abkhazia our Motherland which we are ready to protect to the death again in case of a military threat", the congratulation of the Republic of Abkhazia’s Union of Volunteers and Adyga Hase says.

On September 30 Abkhazia marks the Independence Day. 16 years ago, on September 30, the Georgian-Abkhaz war lasting for 413 days finished with the victory of the Abkhaz people. To 12.000 people participated in the Georgian-Abkhaz war from the Abkhaz side. More than three thousand were lost, about five thousand were wounded.

Volunteers from the North Caucasus, the South of Russia, representatives of the Abkhaz Diaspora from the former Soviet republics and foreign countries came to the rescue to Abkhazia.

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Festive events devoted to the 16th anniversary of the Victory and anniversary of conferring the honorary title of town hero to the city took place today in Tkuarchal. After laying the wreaths and flowers to the monument to the lost in the city park, a meeting took place on the square in front of the Culture Palace.

The head of the district’s administration Timur Gogua remembered in his speech the hard times which the Tkuarchal residents had to go through during the war lasting for 413 days.

The President of Abkhazia Sergey Bagapsh delivered a speech to the meeting participants. He congratulated Tkuarchal residents on the Victory Day. According to Bagapsh, this nice city’s residents who have stood all the horrors of war, first of all, contributed to the fact that Tkuarchal has become a town hero.

A festive concert of the “Caucasus” State dance ensemble took place after the meeting.

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CIRCASSIAN WORLD: CONGRATULATIONS, REPUBLIC OF ABKHAZIA!

Circassian World follows closely developments affecting the fate of our Abkhazian brothers and lends its strongest support to the struggle for the independence of Abkhazia. Circassian World offers its heartiest congratulations to the Republic of Abkhazia on the occasion of the 16th anniversary of its independence.

ABKHAZIA IS ABKHAZIA!!!

14 August 1992 - Abkhazia declares its sovereignty over its own territory and proposes a federative treaty with Georgia to fill the "legal vacuum" that emerged after Georgia's unilateral abrogation of all Soviet legal documents. Exactly 20 days after being accepted by the United Nations, on August 14, Georgian troops entered the territory of Abkhazia without any notification to the Abkhazian government and launched a land and air attack on the southeast part of Abkhazia and its capital city. Bloody fighting continued for 14 months.
 
30 September 1993 - Abkhazian forces - backed by the Confederation of the Peoples of the North Caucasus and volunteers from the diaspora Abkhazian community based in Turkey finally ousted the Georgian troops from the territory of Abkhazia.

''...Today some people say that Abkhazia is Russia, others that it is Georgia, while the fact is that Abkhazia is Abkhazia. And at the end of the A 20th century we want to preserve our own identity, our own face for the simple reason that it is ours, even if somebody else may not find it appealing.'' (Stanislav Lakoba, Abkhazia is Abkhazia) London, 23 April 1993)

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