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Wed 20:26


HOPEFULLY, mate.
Wed 19:57


Interesting a manager on the basin edge play. They must think a great deal about That area.
Wed 19:52


Maybe it's the European and American connection that's keeping frr quiet. We know that frr are further on than they are letting On to be. We know they are pumping oil and gas. What We don't know at the moment is ( How Much ) that is the million dollar question. That's whats keeping the sp down. Apart From the nod on the farm in.
Wed 19:27


Good find. They aren't paying him good wages for nothing . He's probably earned it. On what ??? Frontera be careful we have are bloodhound on you. Lol
Wed 19:23


Would NATO Membership Help Georgia Get Abkhazia Back?

Tbilisi 18:27 - 25.02.14 «GHN» Print 420 Size:

GHN is offering an article originally published by Eurasianet.org in recent times. The article mainly illustrates the attitude of Georgian and Abkhazian senior official’s about how NATO membership could affect Georgia’s perspectives of regaining Abkhazia.

Georgian officials are saying -- again -- that they will make some concrete progress towards NATO integration during the alliance's next summit in Wales in September. “There is a high probability that at the next summit we will have new instruments for closer integration with NATO. Whether it will be called a MAP [Membership Action Plan] or it will be a new instrument… it has yet to be decided,” said Defense Minister Irakli Alasania in an interview with Rustavi 2 TV, reported Civil.ge . But will that help Georgia regain its lost territories?

That's what Georgia's new cabinet minister in charge of affairs in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Paata Zakareishvili, told The Bug Pit. Not because those breakaway territories want to be part of NATO, but because it would signal strength. I didn't bring up NATO in our interview, but Zakareishvili did: "We need to see very serious steps toward NATO to show Abkhazia and South Ossetia.... the European institutions should have our back, so we feel strong. It's quite clear that it's too early to talk about MAP, but there are signals... that there is progress. If we had MAP, we'd be more confident talking with the Abkhaz and Russians, we could say 'Look. we're going there anyway.'"

He continues: "NATO is not attractive [to Abkhazia] but it's the reality. Georgia is not part of any regional security organization. We left Russia's, the CIS, we don't see any prospects there. Now we're in a transitional period. We left somewhere but we haven't reached anywhere else yet. And the Abkhaz see this. And they see that nobody accepts Georgia, or didn't accept us for a long time, so what's the point of talking with Georgia? Here is Russia, which is more secure -- maybe it's not the ideal system, but it's still more secure. So why should we follow Georgia, if Georgia has no prospects? We need to show that Georgia is clearly going toward Europe."

The foreign policies of the two breakaway territories are different: while South Ossetia seems content to be absorbed into Russia, Abkhazians see themselves as European and want to carry out an independent foreign policy. Nevertheless, rhetoric about joining NATO does not impress the Abkhazian government. Viacheslav Chirikba, the foreign minister of the de facto republic, expounded on this in an interview with Civil.ge :

“We don’t care about Georgia’s vision, it is a foreign country and we look at it as through the TV set, as much as we look at Ukraine, or Italy, the U.S. or Greenland. We are detached from Georgia, we are a different co


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