About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 11:58 - 27 Jul.'14
 
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Saakashvili Focuses on Abkhazia in New Year Message
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 1 Jan.'08 / 18:32

Presidential candidate Mikheil Saakashvili delivered his New Year address from the village of Chkhalta in the Tbilisi-controlled upper Kodori Gorge in breakaway Abkhazia.

Saakashvili was the only presidential candidate whose New Year message was aired live on Georgian TV – just before New Year. It was followed by addresses by the Patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Ilia II, and acting President Nino Burjanadze.

“From this illuminated village of Chkhalta we are overlooking the still destroyed and empty Sokhumi,” Saakashvili said. “I want to salute our compatriots in Gali and I want to tell them that we are witnessing your unprecedented heroism these days. I want to tell you my brothers and sisters: do not be afraid of anything; if you aren’t allowed on this side [meaning on Georgina-controlled territory in Zugdidi where Gali residents can cast their ballots for the January 5 election], we will soon arrive at your homes. I want to tell internally displaced persons from Abkhazia: I know that your houses are not in Tskaltubo [western Georgia] or in Tskneti [outside Tbilisi, where many IDPs currently live]; your homes are in Gulripshi and Sokhumi [both in breakaway Abkhazia]; very soon your surroundings in Tbilisi Sea [Tbilisi water reservoir where many IDPs also live] will be changed to the seaside towns of Bichvinta and Ochamchire [both in Abkhazia]. We will achieve this all together… I want to say happy New Year to all ethnic groups in Georgia. Ethnic minorities are an integral part of one unique group – the Georgian people.”

Latest News
27 Jul.'14 11:58
Prosecutors Summon Saakashvili for Questioning
Ex-president has been summoned by prosecutor’s office for second time in last four months.
26 Jul.'14 23:43
In Cabinet Confirmation Hearing Usupashvili Calls to Focus on Future
Europe, not those nine years when UNM was in power, should be standard of comparison, he said.
26 Jul.'14 18:04
Parliament Confirms Reshuffled Cabinet
UNM opposition lawmakers walked out of the chamber before the vote.
26 Jul.'14 03:38
Govt Meets UNM MPs at Confirmation Hearings
“There is no constructive opposition in the Parliament,” PM said after meeting with UNM MPs.
25 Jul.'14 21:54
MoD Wants 11% Funding Increase in 2015
Alasania told MPs he is “optimistic” over talks on obtaining defense systems.
25 Jul.'14 14:57
NATO PA President Visits Georgia
He is holding meeting with the Georgian leadership and lawmakers in Tbilisi on July 25.
25 Jul.'14 13:05
Georgia to Contribute 750 Troops to Post-2014 Afghan Mission
A company size unit will be stationed in Mazar-i-Sharif and others will be deployed in Bagram.
24 Jul.'14 22:48
Reshuffled Cabinet to Face Parliamentary Hearings
PM will face questioning from UNM opposition lawmakers on Friday.
24 Jul.'14 19:08
Georgia's Foreign Trade in H1'14
Foreign trade increased 16% year-on-year in the first half of 2014 to USD 5.44 billion.
24 Jul.'14 16:09
Prosecutors Invite Foreign Experts to Help in Handling 'Politically Sensitive Cases'
The move fueled speculation about possible criminal prosecution of ex-president Saakashvili.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2013, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
43