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Abkhazia: direct dialogue with Tbilisi possible only if a non-use of force agreement is signed

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia has responded to a recent statement made by the Georgian Prime Minister

Abkhazia is ready to hold direct dialogues with Georgia on the condition that bilateral negotiations begin with the issue of ‘signing of a non-use of force agreement’ between the two entities, Apsnypress cited the Abkhaz Minister of Foreign Affairs Daur Kove as saying.
“During the international Geneva discussions we come up against a complete lack of understanding on the Georgian side about the existing problems and the categorical refusal to sign a document on the non-use of force. From our point of view, such a document could be a good basis for Georgian-Abkhaz negotiations with the mediation of the Russian Federation and other international actors,” Kove said.
Kvirikashvili said that he is ready to personally participate in the negotiation process and that the Georgian authorities are ready for direct dialogues with the Abkhaz and Ossetians.
“The problem is that for the realization of this initiative, we need a reliable platform on which the process will be based. This platform could be an agreement on the non-use of force.
“We’d like to hope that this time the Georgian authorities will demonstrate the political will needed to move towards the practical realization of their own statements,” said Kove.
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