Non-Bloody Solution for Georgian-Abkhazian Crisis: Europe Program Director at Crisis Group
Azerbaijan, Baku, 9 July /corr. Trend A.Gasimova / Europe Program Director at Crisis Group, Sabine Freizer, considers that there is a non-bloody way of resolving the Georgian-Abkhazian crisis.
"I am sure that it is possible to find solution for the current tension without long and bloody incidents. It is very important for both sides to remove the critical situation," Freizer said in an interview with RIA Novosti.
The difference between the self-declared republics - South Ossetia and Abkhazia - and official Tbilisi over the last week acquired the character of the military confrontation. After tragic acts of terror in Galya and Tskhinvali, the unrecognized republics accused Tbilisi of the aggravating situation, and Tbilisi highlighted its non-participation and in its turn, accused Russia and self-declared regimes of the acts of terror. Georgia hopes for the mediation of the West in removing tension and restoring territorial integrity.
According to her, all conflicting participants should gather patience. "Beginning talks between the sides is important. If the sides do not re-establish talks, most probably everything will be continuing so," she said.
Situation in Abkhazia and South Ossetia considerably deteriorated recently, Freizer said, adding that currently it is sufficiently difficult to understand who was guilty of those happening. "Therefore, it is very important that the United Nations and OSCE would hold detailed study of situation," she said.
Abkhazia and South Ossetia, former parts of Georgia SSR, declared their independence after demise of USSR. Unsuccessful talks are being held following the armed conflict that deprived Tbilisi of the control over these territories. They have been striving for recognition of their independence while Georgia considers them to be its constituent part and offers them a large autonomy.