Friday, 29 May 2009

Hurriyet: Conference held about Abkhazia

ISTANBUL - Caucasus experts will gather in Istanbul on May 30-31 for the Independence of Abkhazia and Future Scenarios for Caucasus Conference. The two-day conference will take place at Istanbul’s Bilgi University.

The conference will host a number of internationally renowned experts, including former U.S. President Bill Clinton’s Caucasus adviser, John Colarusso.

The conference is organized by Abkhazia’s Friends Initiative in cooperation with Bilgi University, and with contributions from the Beşiktaş Municipality. Experts from the United States, Canada, Russia, Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Turkey and Abkhazia will attend the conference.

New balances in the region formed after Russia recognized Abkhazia and South Ossetia’s independence in August 2008. Regional policies of Russia, the United States, the European Union and Turkey will be discussed and predictions about the future of the region will be made.

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