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Turkey-Abkhazia Relations post-Abkhaz Elections

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Hasan Kanbolat, Director of ORSAM

Sergei Bagapsh won again in the Dec. 12 presidential elections held in Abkhazia, which has declared a one-sided (de facto) independence from Georgia. While Bagapsh was the president of a state considered “de facto” independent, he is now the president of a state considered “de jure” since the August 2008 war.
 

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Abhazia hopes swift recognition from Turkey

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DÖNDÜ SARIIŞIK, ANKARA - Hürriyet Daily News

Turkish foreign policy’s dilemma on the Georgia-Abkhazia conflict is rising to the surface once more. ‘We certainly hope that Turkey will recognize Abkhazia. There are some positive signals," Abkhazian Foreign Minister Sergei Shamba said following his talks with high-ranked Turkish diplomat Ünal Çeviköz.

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Abkhazia’s Diaspora: Dreaming of Home

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Elizabeth Owen - EurasiaNet

High atop a mountain chain in western Turkey stands Mezit village, a hamlet founded in the 19th century by Abkhaz rebels on the run from Tsarist Russian troops. More than 130 years later, Mezit’s Abkhaz residents now have one goal -- to return to Abkhazia, where Russian troops are now a welcome presence.

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Dancing the fast Caucasian dance

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Cihan Çelik, ISTANBUL - Turkish Daily News

Turkey's policy toward Georgia, seen by Turkey as key to becoming an energy corridor to Caucasian and Central Asian energy resources, is fundamentally flawed because it is based on NATO and US policies and contradicts its own regional strategy, experts say. 

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