Georgian PM offers autonomy to Abkhazians, Ossetians
Tbilisi, Georgia, Oct. 27
By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:
The Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili offered autonomy and the European perspective to the Abkhaz and Ossetian peoples.
"I am sure that only with us, with Georgia, which has the European perspectives, our Abkhazian brothers will be able to preserve their language and culture," Garibashvili said.
"I'd like to call on them to thoroughly realize the situation, to think about their children, the future generations, and how they imagine life without Georgia and their development."
He went on to add that today Georgia is ready to offer autonomy to the two separatist regions, but within a single and strong Georgia.
On the night of August 8, 2008, military actions were launched on the territory of South Ossetia, Georgia. Later the Russian troops occupied the city and drove back the Georgian military.
In late August, Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. In response, Tbilisi broke off diplomatic relations with Moscow and announced two unrecognized republics as occupied territories.