About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 11:28 - 29 Apr.'17
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Georgia’s UN Envoy Meets Abkhaz Leader in Sokhumi
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 13 May.'08 / 11:01

Irakli Alasania, Georgia’s ambassador to the UN and former chief negotiator on Abkhazia, paid a surprise visit to Sokhumi on May 12.

He met with Abkhaz leader Sergey Bagapsh and Foreign Minister Sergey Shamba, according to the Abkhaz news agency, Apsnipress.

Information about the visit is scarce. Apsnipress reported that “the issues of security” were discussed at the meeting, which was held on initiative of the Georgian side, according to Abkhaz news agency, Apsnipress. Alasania, reportedly, left for New York shortly after the visit without making any comments for the press.

“We are ready for direct contacts with the Abkhaz side and the fact that Mr. Alasania visited Sokhumi is a practical step by us to find common language with our Abkhaz compatriots,” Davit Bakradze, former foreign minister and leader of the ruling party, said on May 13.

Alasania’s talks with the Abkhaz leadership came after the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Mathew Bryza, visited Sokhumi on May 10-11. 

The last time when Georgian and Abkhaz senior official met in Sokhumi was in October, 2007, when then Georgian State Minister for Conflict Resolution Issues Davit Bakradze held talks with the Foreign Minister of breakaway region Sergey Shamba.

Alasania, a respected negotiator in Sokhumi, was sidelined from talks with the Abkhaz side in June, 2006 after President Saakashvili appointed him as Georgia’s envoy in UN – the move which was criticized by many local commentators and opposition politicians.

Before that appointment Alasania served as Georgian presidential aide for the Abkhaz conflict resolution. In his capacity in charge of the Abkhaz issues, Alasania managed in March, 2006 to agree with the Abkhaz side to resume the Georgian-Abkhaz Coordination Council – a tool for direct talks between the sides. The Council has not been convened since then. Sergey Shamba, the foreign minister of breakaway region, has said for several times in the past about Alasania that he was “a very constructive person” with whom it was possible to hold consultations.

Latest News
29 Apr.'17 11:28
President, Parliamentary Chairman Clash over Constitution Reform
The Constitutional Reform Commission agreed on the draft constitution text on April 22.
28 Apr.'17 14:23
FH: Press Freedom Declines in Georgia
Georgia scores a point lower in Freedom House’s Press Freedom report.
27 Apr.'17 17:56
Foreign Ministers Open German-Georgian Year
Mikheil Janelidze met his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.
27 Apr.'17 16:14
Georgia, Romania to Boost Trade, Political Ties
Prime Ministers issued a Declaration on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations.
27 Apr.'17 15:42
Two Persons Sent to Pretrial Detention over Batumi Unrest
21 persons were arrested following the March 11-12 unrest in Batumi.
26 Apr.'17 16:36
Tbilisi Concerned over Jerusalem Patriarch’s Abkhazia Statement
Georgian Ambassador to Israel meets Theophilos III, speaks about his meeting with Abkhaz pilgrims.
26 Apr.'17 13:18
South Ossetia Government Resigns
The region’s new leader Anatoly Bibilov will form a new government in two weeks.
26 Apr.'17 12:13
Watchdog Keeps Georgia’s Press Freedom Index Unchanged
Reporters Without Borders ranks Georgia 64th in the table of 180 countries with 27.76 points in the survey.
26 Apr.'17 10:29
Georgia Ratifies Europe’s Energy Community Accession Agreement
The Parliament of Georgia ratified the agreement with 89 MPs voting unanimously in favor.
25 Apr.'17 17:59
Georgian MoD Adopts Strategic Defense Review for 2017-2020
Defense Ministry considers Russia the primary threat, seeks to strengthen defense capabilities.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2017, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
54