Abkhazia Will Never Rejoin Georgia Announces Speaker

SUKHUMI (Interfax)–Abkhazia will never voluntarily rejoin Georgia–Abkhaz parliament speaker Nugzar Ashuba said during a meeting with OSCE envoys in Sukhumi on Tuesday.

"We cannot commit another fatal mistake. We are prepared for any sacrifices just to defend our freedom–so that the world not lose one more people," Ashuba said.

He did agree–however–that the negotiation process between Georgia and Abkhazia should continue.

The OSCE delegation visiting Abkhazia is led by Ivan Naidenov of Bulgaria and includes representatives from 23 countries–including Russia–the United States–Germany–Poland–France–Britain–Italy–Latvia–Romania–Portugal–the Czech Republic–Estonia–Denmark and others.

"We are here to study the situation in the region on the spot. The OSCE could be more actively involved in the processes going on here," Naidenov said at the meeting in the Abkhaz parliament with the Abkhaz parliamentary speaker and deputies.

The sides discussed approaches to settling the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict–Abkhazia’s political status–the return of refugees–and the implementation of agreemen’s concluded between the Russian and Abkhaz leaderships in Sochi.

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