About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 18:42 - 28 Apr.'16
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Shamba to EU Diplomat: 'Abkhazia Reliable Partner'
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 13 Mar.'10 / 01:44

Sokhumi spares no effort to affirm that there is no reason to make Abkhazia an "outcast from the European community," Sergey Shamba, the breakaway region's PM, said on March 12, according to the Abkhaz news agency, Apsnipress.

Shamba, who before becoming PM last month served as foreign minister for twelve years, met with visiting EU Special Representative for South Caucasus, Peter Semneby, in Sokhumi.

According to Apsnipress, the European diplomat informed Shamba about EU's proposals on engagement with Sokhumi.

According to a recent report on Abkhazia by Brussels-based think tank, International Crisis Group (ICG), in December, 2009 EU’s Political and Security Committee agreed a "non-paper on the parameters for EU’s non-recognition and engagement policy for Abkhazia and South Ossetia" aimed at carving out political and legal space within which the EU can interact with the breakaway regions “without crossing status red lines, thus emphasising a strategic interest to engage so as to increase its leverage to move conflict resolution forward.”

During the meeting Shamba complained that EU-member states were refusing to grant entry visas to residents of Abkhazia, which he said was "politically-motivated decision".

Without resolving this problem, Shamba said, EU's engagement efforts would have no sense.

"If we are talking about development of relations, it should be a two-way street - like you are visiting us, we also should be able to visit you. We should have direct contacts; otherwise it will be a support to so called Iakobashvili's plan," Apsnipress quoted Shamba as saying, referring to the Georgian government's strategy on occuped territories, elaborated under the coordination of State Minister for Reintegration, Temur Iakobashvili.

"We'll do our utmost to make Europe understand that Abkhazia is reliable, as well as a partner and a neighbor with European standards," he said.
 
"Unlike Georgia, which is regarded in Europe to be democratic state, we have stable government and power transition take place through democratic process," Shamba said.

He was also quoted as saying that Abkhazia "has independent and opposition press... and unlike Georgia, Abkhazia has not a single political prisoner." Shamba also added that there was no reason for Europe "to further ignore" Abkhazia.

Latest News
28 Apr.'16 18:42
Geostat Releases Final Results of 2014 Census
Final results also include data on ethnicity and religious beliefs of country’s 3.71 million people.
28 Apr.'16 14:26
Five Men, Suspected of Trying to Sell Uranium, Arrested
The State Security Service said suspects were trying to sell 1.6kg of radioactive material for $3mln.
28 Apr.'16 11:49
Q1’16 GDP Growth 2.3% - Preliminary Data
Real GDP grew 3.4% y/y in March, after 0.8% and 2.6% growth in January and February, respectively.
27 Apr.'16 20:01
Bill Allowing PM to Run for MP Without Quitting Cabinet Post Passed in First Reading
Parliament passed amendment to the election code with 77 votes to 21 on Wednesday.
27 Apr.'16 15:27
Central Bank Cuts Key Rate to 7.5%
NBG said it plans to gradually reduce key rate to “neutral” level of 5-6% in a mid-term period.
26 Apr.'16 23:13
Georgian PM Meets U.S. Vice President
The Vice President reaffirmed U.S. support to Georgia, the White House said.
26 Apr.'16 21:57
Usupashvili Speaks of ‘Three Small Problems’ on EU Visa Liberalisation Path
EPP group’s vice-chair said visa-free should be granted only after Georgia frees “political prisoners.”
26 Apr.'16 14:55
Georgia’s Parliament Speaker Visits Brussels
Usupashvili will meet European Parliament President, EU foreign policy chief.
25 Apr.'16 17:58
Parliament to Debate Rival Constitutional Bills on Electoral System Reform
Parliament is expected to discuss two rival bills at a session this week.
24 Apr.'16 21:39
Georgia’s PM to Visit U.S.
Meeting with Vice President Biden is planned, according to Georgian PM’s office.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2016, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
36