Abkhazia Unwilling to Trade Freedom for Monetary Assurances

TBILISI (Civil Georgia)–Abkhaz prime minister Aleksander Ankvab told Regnum news agency that the independence of Abkhazia would not be traded for economic opportunities and international assistance.

In an interview–Ankvab–who criticized western diplomats–said Abkhazia instead finds "far better understanding" of its claims in Russia.

"Representatives of Western diplomatic circles–sorry for the rough language–always rub it in our face [that Abkhazia is not internationally recognized]–but they can not take away our natural right to being independent and free. We are not asking to enter anything and do not beg. If they want to speak in a dignified manner–we are ready to respond–but to try–with economic promises–to place us somewhere else [i.e. Georgia]–they must consider the will of the people that will never change," Ankvab said.

He also stressed that there is no link between Abkhazia’s political aims and opportunities for foreign loans.

Ankvab has lead the Abkhaz political movement "Aitaira" since 2000–and was a high-ranking Communist Party official in Soviet Georgia from 1981 to 1983. He later served as the deputy Interior Minister for political issues of the Soviet Georgian from until 1990.

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