RA MFA: historical experience has taught the people of Abkhazia not to rely on Georgia's care

27.05.2019 11:15
RA MFA: historical experience has taught the people of Abkhazia not to rely on Georgia's care
Commentary by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia.

Sukhum. May 27. Apsnypress. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia commented on the speech of Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili, on the occasion of Georgia’s national holiday - Independence Day, in which she expressed regret that the Abkhaz language "is on the verge of extinction, despite the Georgian care. According to Zurabishvili, this is due to the fact that Russia "is pursuing a policy of Russification towards the Abkhaz people, the Abkhaz culture and language."

 “Ms. Zurabishvili clearly demonstrated the historical amnesia inherent in the Georgian elite and the inadequate perception of modern realities. The mythological interpretation of events of the recent past, actively used in the post-Soviet politics of Georgia, makes it possible to shift their own failures and miscalculations to “external forces.”

 Purposefully shaping the image of an enemy, in the face of Russia, Tbilisi, in fact, betrayed to oblivion the facts of obvious discrimination of the Abkhaz people in the Soviet and post-Soviet periods. One could recall that it was precisely during the time Abkhazia was a part of Georgia that the Abkhaz language was on the verge of extinction, and the Abkhaz intelligentsia, who favored preservation of the language and empowering Abkhaz people, were persecuted. But today they prefer not to recall this in Georgia. It is much more profitable to replicate the absurd thesis of the "Russification" of Abkhazia.
 The events of 1992-1993, as well as of 2008, clearly demonstrated the "care" of the Georgian state for the Abkhaz people. It should be recalled that in 2008 Russia, which President Zurabishvili declared to be a source of threat to Abkhazia, reliably suppressed Georgia’s aggressive intentions regarding the Abkhaz state. The Russian Federation effectively ensures the security of the Republic of Abkhazia, provides support for its socio-economic and cultural development.
 Historical experience has taught  the people of Abkhazia not to rely on Georgian care. This experience should also convince Georgian leaders to rethink their ideas about the events of the recent past. Without abandoning mythologization and labeling, it is impossible to adequately assess contemporary realities and to conduct a constructive dialogue about the future, ” - the commentary says.

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