Abkhazia Part 14 - The European view about Abkhazia Part VI
European view about Abkhazia, part VI. The Republic of Abkhazia: Paradise in limbo. The film was shot Box2 TV.
The village Duripsh Rosa Tarbes graciously invited us to his home and showed us his garden and farm. She lived here for forty-four years. During the war, nearly every family has suffered a loss in Abkhazia, Rose then lost her son, twenty-six of Aslan.
For the past fourteen years has elapsed since the end of the war. Abkhazia is a de facto independent, but remains unrecognized by the international community. People living there for all these years trying to build a democratic society. Let's hear what they talk about it.
Said Diane Kerselian:
- Abkhazia is a multi-ethnic society of different cultures, and I think this is a positive feature of our country, there coexist different communities, for example, has a large Armenian community, which I represent, a Russian community, Estonian, Greek, and many others.
Of course, there are problems, but any multi-national state has these problems. We can live together in one country. The important thing is that there is a possibility of self-realization for people of different ethnic origin. I think I have a chance to realize their potential, because I have a favorite work, I have the opportunity to participate in the political processes in the country.
I always take an active part in the election, and I recently became a member of the Sukhum itself town meeting. My example shows that this is possible for any common man in Abkhazia. Or, for example, take the school: Armenians in Abkhazia can study in their own language, and it is not private schools, it is the state education system.
- So, Lord Rea, was exactly one week from the time you arrive in Abkhazia, and have had a number of questions and concerns. I am interested to know on the basis of what you have seen, based on conversations with people, what is your overall impression?
Lord Nicholas Rea says:
- In fact, during the week I traveled to this small country far and wide, and my goal was to communicate with people. I have met many people, including President of Abkhazia - Bagapsh - and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, with the leaders of local, non-governmental organizations.
The most important impression I made - that is what this country is a country that is governed by its own government, according to certain laws, and as far as I can see there is no evidence that the country is ruled by Russian. It develops independently, although at the moment there are considerable economic difficulties because of the sanctions, which were installed at the request of the CIS of Georgia. These sanctions are also more or less respected and the Western world, so that this country does not get the economic assistance it could get, being recognized country.
Still many traces of the devastating and brutal war that raged here fifteen years ago, many of the buildings retain traces of damage, although some very good restored. There is no doubt that the economy, although it is still far from the pre-war level, still recovering. Now there are a lot of Russian tourists, although probably not as many as before the war. I believe that the people of this country have shown considerable strength, and that they are committed to the Abkhazian statehood, and that they are very consistent.
Being here, I found out that Abkhazia had statehood for 1,200 years before it was attached to Georgia by Stalin in 1931. It has its own history, is on his feet, and largely restored, but the country needs external help, and I think she should be allowed to enter into the family of independent nations.
- Was there among the people with whom you met, who would like to go back to the old situation, when Abkhazia was under the control of Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia?
- No, but of course it is hard to say, because I was a guest of the Abkhaz, but I met with the Armenians, and Samegrelo, for example the Mengrelian driver who was driving very fast, he also said that he hoped that Abkhazia should to be independent.
- It's all very, very interesting. Thank you so much for what you have shared their experiences, thanks!
So, I tried to tell you about Abkhazia, about their country, its history, but it is a view from the side view of an outsider, not a native of Abkhazia. Let's watch out for this group of people standing right outside the church in Dranda, among them - representatives of different generations, their children, they reason in the Abkhaz language about what they see in front of them in the opening panorama. This scene may give you a better idea about this people.