SUKHUM -- The United States of America use double standards policy, ignore historic facts and justify Georgia’s aggressive policy, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia commented on the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's statement during her interview with one of the Russian TV channels on March 23.
Answering the question about the Kosovo precedent, Madam Clinton declared that “from the very beginning of the break-up of Yugoslavia Kosovo wanted to become independent, because it felt like it had been put into Yugoslavia in a way that was not commensurate with its ambitions or its identity”. Thereby Madam Clinton tried to prove expediency of the recognition of Kosovo.
Madam Clinton's statement that “Georgia was a much more integrated country, and there was no this sort of contradictions there” shows, how strongly the USA aspire to ignore outrageous historic facts inconvenient for the political position of the United States, and to justify Georgia's aggressive policy.
“Madam Clinton also in search of distinctions of principle between the situation in Kosovo and Abkhazia stressed the presence of “internal turmoil within Yugoslavia, which led to the ethnic cleansing against the Kosovo population”. However the USA did not condemn Georgia's actions in South Ossetia in August, 2008 when Georgian troops used weapons aimed at mass destruction of peaceful population. Moreover, the United States continue to support Georgia, an aggressor country, which, despite the active lobby of its allies, failed to justify itself in the opinion of the international community for the crimes in South Ossetia”, the Foreign Ministry of Abkhazia’s Comment spread on Monday, March 29 says.
“Saying that “an integrated, whole Georgia is much more in the interests of everyone”, Secretary Clinton does not consider the interests of the people of Abkhazia, striving to exercise its natural right to self-determination and safe existence which is put in jeopardy in the conditions of ongoing Georgia's aspiration to resolve the problem in a military way”, the MFA of Abkhazia declares
“Distinctions between Abkhazia and Kosovo the Secretary of State spoke about, speak in recommendation of Abkhazia rather than Kosovo as from the historical point of view, Abkhazs have had their statehood throughout a millennium and have never been a part of Georgia”, the MFA Comment emphasizes.
“Yet with the establishment of Soviet power Abkhazia becomes a USSR subject enjoying equal rights, whose status was recognized by the Georgian and Soviet constitution. Even after forcible liquidation of the independent status and bringing its down to the level of autonomy, Abkhazia, according to the USSR Law "About the procedure of settling issues connected with secession of a union republic from the USSR" had the right to determine its future itself. What was practically done at the all-Union referendum on March 17, 1991, when Abkhaz voters voted to remain a part of the USSR. Two weeks later the Georgian population held a referendum and voted for secession from the USSR. Thus, it is absolutely obvious that Abkhazia could not be simultaneously a part of the still existing USSR and Georgia which had proclaimed independence. It follows from it that by the time Georgia was admitted into the United Nations, it had nothing to do with Abkhazia, and the recognition by the United Nations of territorial integrity of Georgia within the borders of the former Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic for December 21, 1991 is erroneous”, the Foreign Ministry of Abkhazia declares.
“The statement of the US Secretary of State in relation to the situation in Kosovo and Abkhazia shows how much biased is the information on Abkhazia the US Department of State possesses. It is obvious that in her conclusions Secretary Clinton relies only on the Georgian point of view regarding the Georgian-Abkhaz mutual relations”, the foreign policy department of Abkhazia declares.
“The people of Abkhazia long before the collapse of the Soviet Union have made fair demands to restore the independent status of the republic liquidated in 1931 of Stalin’s will. Today the entire civilized world condemns the policy of Stalinism of that period, but, nevertheless, the fact of forcible inclusion of Abkhazia in Georgia hasn’t yet been assessed adequately. Violation of the sovereign rights of Abkhazia became the most painful thing for the national self-consciousness of the Abkhaz nation. Starting from 1931, throughout the Soviet period, the people of Abkhazia have repeatedly assembled mass protest meetings against Georgia’s discrimination policy. Abkhazs are the only nation in the Soviet Union that opposed on a mass scale against the discrimination policy of the Soviet leadership. Nevertheless, the voice of the multiethnic people of Abkhazia wasn’t heard. Relations between Georgia and Abkhazia were finally broken after Georgia had unleashed a bloody war and genocide against the people of Abkhazia”, the Comment reads.
“ Some politicians’ attempts to ignore all historic and legal grounds of the Abkhaz statehood are the continuation of the double standards policy and are not justified either legally or historically”, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia considers.