Georgia reiterates sovereignty over Abkhazia, South Ossetia

17:38, January 28, 2010      

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Georgia's government presented a draft document of State Strategy on Occupied Territories for the coming year on Wednesday, reiterating sovereignty over Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Abkhazia and South Ossetia unilateraly annouced independence from Georgia after a five-day war between Georgia and Russia in August, 2008.

The strategy foresees engagement through cooperation by creating frameworks, incentives, and mechanisms concerning Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia..

Georgia's government reiterated the inviolability of its sovereignty and territorial integrity. But it recognizes the existence of political differences with the two regions.

Georgia is trying to resolve these differences through negotiations, engagement, and cooperation in conjunction with the establishment and internationalization of a peace process aimed at the full de-occupation of Georgia's territory.

The strategy lists the goals that the government strives to achieve in the future for the people of Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia.

The goals include development in the fields of economy, infrastructure construction, transportation, education, health care, people-to-people interaction, preservation of cultural heritage and identity, free flow of information, legal and administrative measures, human rights, and prevention of natural disasters.

To implement these goals, Georgia will develop an action plan on the present strategy, create relevant governmental institutions in Georgia, construct a status-neutral framework for interaction with authorities in control of Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, and develop appropriate liaison mechanisms as well as infrastructure for peace, according to the draft document.

Source: Xinhua
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