Monday, 11 August 2008

Statement of the International Circassian Assosiation‏

To: Leaders of Countries

The people of Abkhazia, having survived many upheavals and sufferings in its millennial history, gone through the horrors of the past Georgian intervention in late XX century, managed to preserve its statehood. Despite the international pressure, economic isolation and unrecognized status, Abkhazia became a state seeking to promote democratic principles.

New international political realities, in particular recognition of Kosovo, give us more confidence to believe that the issue of recognizing of Abkhazia is no longer a problem of the international law and that it is not based on the decision of the United Nations, it lies more in the plane of interests of other States.

Only independence can guarantee the preservation of Abkhaz from total annihilation, and only recognition of its independence will allow to take full advantage of economic and cultural potential of Abkhazia and enable us to resolve all issues in accordance with our own interests, while Abkhazia within Georgia will create a new threat to stability as in Georgia and throughout the Caucasus as a whole.

The peoples of the Caucasus are sincerely interested in Abkhazia to be recognized and to be held as a state. It is proved by the unequivocal support of the peoples of the North Caucasus that rose as one to defend the statehood and sovereignty of Abkhazia. The Circassian World along with Abkhaz participated and will participate in the development of the country. That is why, unrecognizing Abkhazia also means not to recognize the interests of peoples of the North Caucasus.

The right for independence of the people of Abkhazia is not only based on a victory in the imposed war, but also on a solid legal argument and finally, the whole history of the Abkhaz people.

The return to the past is a return to the period of chaos and war. Modern Abkhazia and Georgia can only exist as two independent and equal nations. The desire for independence and continuing desire to live and develop in a free country is not inspired by someone from outside, but is a justified and reasonable-old desire of all people of Abkhazia. The independence of Abkhazia is the fact and reality of modern relations in the Caucasus.

Taking into account the abovementioned, we the members of Executive Committee of the Circassian International Association appeal to the leaders of all countries in the world to adopt a just decision on recognition of the independence of Abkhazia and thus contribute to improving the situation of stability in the Caucasus.

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