Kremlin trying to formalize grab of occupied land segment
24 March, 2011
Kremlin trying to formalize grab of occupied land segment

Not long ago we wrote in our newspaper that Kremlin is fervently trying to get a formal hold on certain parts of Apkhazeti. This time Russian Federation seeks to annex an area of several hundred square kilometers. This issue generated endless hot debates in the Abkhazian press.
The agreement is ready for signing. Local newspapers report that every bit of information about the forthcoming deal was hushed up on demand of the Russian side. Mamuka Areshidze, expert in Caucasian affairs,

says that the segment of the land in question is included within the Russian boundaries on some maps, while others show it as located inside Apkhazeti. So, even if Russia had demarcated the border with Georgia, the problem would have persisted.
The legitimate Government of Apkhazeti states that whatever Russians are going to formalize with Abkhazians, it would have no international legal power.
The most notable and interesting is the fact that there is nobody in Apkhazeti who would speak up and criticize the Kremlin for its attempts to appropriate foreign property, using methods typical of them. Two versions are discussed in Abkhazian media. The first version alleges that the disputed section starts near Krasnoya Polyana, at Aibga village, which is divided by the Psow River, and extends eastward along the Main Caucasian Ridge. The second version assists Russians to rob Georgia of its land all the way almost down to the Lake Ritsa. Apparently, Russians want to build a new Las Vegas for the guests of Sochi Olympics.
Besik Silagadze, Head of International Relations and Protocol Department of Legitimate Apkhazian Government, says that Russians are trying to legitimize occupation by concluding a demarcation agreement with Abkhazians but this document has no legal force according to the international law.
Mamuka Areshidze states that the problem is about the Russian desire and has nothing to do with what Abkhazians think about it. Russians may give up this section to Abkhazians to avoid exacerbation of their relations. He asserts that if Russians do take the land segment away, nothing notrworthy would happen. At most, Abkhazians may say harsh words to their Authorities.

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