Process of Georgia’s Admission to NATO Must not be Hindered: Mikhail Saakashvili
Georgia, Tbilisi, 29 March / corr. Trend N. Kirtskhalia/ The chairman of the military committee of NATO said that Georgia has fulfilled all demands by NATO and nothing can hinder its admission to NATO, said Mikhail Saakashvili, the Georgian president, in the conference sponsored by the Center for Strategic Studies.
"We are supported by almost all NATO member states and Washington and I believe that Europe, Georgia and Ukraine are prepared for the unprecedented progress," the President said.
"The Russian foreign minister has stated that Georgia should understand that Abkhazia and South Ossetia will oppose the admission of Georgia to NATO, but I can say that in fact, there are no Georgian citizens in Abkhazia excluding the Georgian population of Gal district," the President said.
The President said that there are only 80,000 people living in Abkhazia excluding Gals. "That is, some 500,000 people had to leave Abkhazia including Abkhazians, Ukrainians, Jews, Georgians, Greeks and those who have a right to choose their destiny," Saakashvili said.
"Some 20,000 people are living in Skhumi at present and only 700 families are left in Ochamira while the very figure totaled to 80,000 people previously," he said.