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Daily Georgian Times: Abkhazian Criminals Raid Gali Population
The Abkhaz criminals have been robbing the local population of the village of Otobaia of the Georgian Abkhazian conflict zone for two days, Prime-News was told by the local habitant who preferred to stay anonymous. According to the source, an armed group of forty criminals invaded the village on the Friday-Saturday Orthodox Xmas overnight.
The village of Otobaia is considered as one of the well-off villages of the conflict zone. Presently, the local population is harvesting citruses.
Civil Georgia: Tbilisi Warns of 'Irreversible Consequences' in Gali
Georgian Foreign Ministry said on Monday that growing tensions in the breakaway Abkhazia’s Gali district, involving kidnappings and violent attacks against the locals, “may lead to highly irreversible consequences.”
Civil Georgia: Sokhumi Blames Tbilisi for Criminality in Gali
Abkhazian leader Sergey Bagapsh expressed concern regarding the deteriorating security conditions in the predominantly Georgian-populated Gali district of Abkhazia and accused the Georgian side of trying to destabilize situation there
Bagapsh said that Georgian armed gangs are operating in Gali district under the cover of the Georgian special services. Interior Minister of breakaway region Otar Khetsia also accused the Georgian side of being behind the criminal gangs in the Gali district.
Civil Georgia: Reports: Anti-Aircraft Gun Confiscated from S.Ossetia
Self-propelled anti-aircraft gun system ZU 23-3 and mobile radio station belonging to the Defense Ministry forces of the breakaway South Ossetia was confiscated by the Joint Peacekeeping Forces (JPKF)
According to this report, anti-aircraft system was installed in the village of Dmenisi and was found as a result of a monitoring carried out by the JPKF, involving Georgian, Ossetian and Russian peacekeepers, and OSCE observers on January 13-14.
“Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili has announced for several times about the plans to arrive in the villages of South Ossetia on helicopter. The Ministry of Defense of South Ossetia is ordered to down any flying object conducting unauthorized flights over South Ossetia and helicopter of Okruashvili will not be an exception,” Anatoly Barankevich said.
Basic Learning: Forgotten Wars (Soj)
Country: Republic of Georgia
Combatants: Gov't vs. South Ossetia, gov't vs. Abkhazia
Current Status: Occasional flare-ups of activity, including skirmishes, cross-border raids and shelling.
Reason for Conflict: After the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, three regions, Abkhazia, S. Ossetia and Adjara declared themselves to be independent states. In 2004, the self-declared autonomous republic of Adjara (the majority of which is and was ethnic Georgian) was neutralized and the region is now part of Georgia proper. Both S. Ossetia and Abkhazia continue to function as de facto independent states. Abakhazia is populated by a majority of ethnic Abkhaz and Russians. S. Ossetia is populated by ethnic Ossetians, ethnic Georgians and ethnic Russians. There was widespread ethnic cleansing and civilian population transfers during the wars.
Originally posted by Nygdan
Can't they just focus on Chechyna for a while?
Civil Georgia: Abkhazia Prepares for Large-Scale Maneuvers
Military exercises with the participation of 4000 reserve troops, air forces, artillery and two motorized rifle brigades will take place in breakaway Abkhazia on March 21-24, the Abkhaz news agency Apsnipress reported.
Saakashvili Ready to Meet Abkhaz Leaders
President Saakashvili said on April 7 that he is ready to meet with the Abkhaz leadership, but added that the talks might take place only “under the condition of receiving concrete outcomes.”
“We continue peace talks. I am ready for meeting with them [referring to Abkhaz leadership], but I am ready to meet with a concrete program without any preconditions, with a concrete demands and under conditions of receiving concrete outcomes,” Saakashvili said.
“I have instructed Prime Minister Zurab Noghaideli to be in charge of [the promotion of] Georgian wine on domestic and CIS [Commonwealth of Independent States] markets; this will be his primary goal until Russia lifts its embargo [on imports of Georgian wine]. I have also instructed Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili to take charge of issues related to the export of Georgian wine to new foreign markets,” Saakashvili said.