|Abkhazia - a European democratic country, open to cooperation and dialogue - Minister of Foreign Affairs|
|News - Politics|
|Thursday, 09 February 2012 18:42|
Both Europe and Georgia should recognise the political reality - the existence of the independent Abkhazian state - and its relations with Abkhazia, in accordance with these realities,’ V. Chirikba stressed.
In the words of the minister, the European strategy of "engagement without recognition" will not bring meaningful results, as it is seen by the Abkhazian side as an initiative durected at reintegration with Georgia.
The Minister said that Abkhazia will seek Europe’s recognition of Abkhazian passports as a travel-document, as well as the USA, UK and many other countries put entry-visas in the passports of citizens of the unrecognised Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
The Minister stressed that Abkhazia is interested in finding mutually acceptable solutions and expressed his willingness to develop step by step mutual contacts. ‘However, to obtain positive results it is necessary, first of all, to start viewing Abkhazia as a full party to the negotiation-process. Everything should be based on equal dialogue and mutual respect,’ said the foreign minister of Abkhazia.
A number of other issues of mutual interest were also discussed.
Representatives of the EU delegation thanked the minister for the frank discussion and expressed interest in continuing the dialogue.
Source: Apsny Press