President: Abkhazian people have the right to seize the opportunities laid down in international law!
Sukhum. December 27. Apsnypress. Elena Poluyan. President of Abkhazia Raul Khajimba at a press conference noted the results of the Foreign Ministry: "We continue to develop relations with countries that have recognized the sovereignty of the Republic of Abkhazia. Intensify the process of establishing new contacts in various regions of the world. Particular importance is attached to comprehensive development and strengthening of relations with the Russian Federation. In this regard, it is worth noting that the promotion of establishment of the Republic of Abkhazia as a modern democratic state, strengthening of its international position, providing robust security and assistance in the social and economic reconstruction remain among the priorities of Russian foreign policy. This trend, in particular, laid down in the new edition of the Russian Federation Foreign Policy Concept, approved by President Vladimir Putin on November 30, 2016 ".
The head of state stressed his attitude towards the results of Geneva discussions: "I recently met with the people who represent the Geneva area. We talked, and I think you will find an understanding that the Geneva discussions are necessary to us, as an opportunity to bring to the international community our position. Not more! Geneva discussions do not give anything positive in regards Abkhazia. We are talking about some humanitarian aspects, but when the question is - we are the same people and we have the same rights as you, why they do not apply to us? Why our athletes, actors, theater, can not bear to leave the country, to visit a particular country? Why are we intended to require the rights of the residents of the Gal district? .. Who said that we infringe upon them? Frivolous stories will not lead to anything good! Therefore, we need to understand that Abkhaz people, regardless of their national composition, has the right to use all the opportunities laid down in international law! "
Khajimba also commented on the situation with the certification of inhabitants of Gal district: "Unfortunately, the process was delayed. Once we said that the process went not for the best scenario, there were flagrant violations. But today, we make citizenship for the residents of Gal district, who had no relationship to the military action, living in the territory without a break. With regard to residence permits, unfortunately, on this issue we still have not found a common understanding with the Parliament. Different options to start the process have been proposed. A residence permit is a status that will allow people to be laid down for the territory. In turn, the government will know how many people live there, what they do as the residents of Abkhazia, what they give to the budget. Why should not we do this? What should we fear? I think this is another political fuss. Many people living in Gal district, are not intended to participate in the political process, and they do not really want to serve in the Abkhazian army. So let them adapt to other conditions, another possibility. More than confident that after some time they will gradually move to a different status".