Baku not recognizing “parliamentary elections” in Georgia’s Abkhazia

by Vugar Khalilov

Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on March 14 that Azerbaijan does not recognize the so-called “parliamentary elections” in Georgia’s Abkhazia region.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan reaffirms its support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia and does not recognize the so-called ‘parliamentary elections’ held in Georgia’s Abkhazia region. On March 12, 2022 and its results,” the ministry’s website said in a statement.

According to the statement, the ministry believes that negotiations should be continued for the peaceful resolution of the Abkhazian problem in accordance with the norms and principles of international law.

With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Abkhaz-Georgian ethnic conflict broke out in the Abkhazia region of Georgia.

The conflict, one of the bloodiest conflicts in post-Soviet history, has not yet been resolved. The Georgian government has several times proposed substantial autonomy for Abkhazia. However, both the Abkhaz government and the Abkhaz opposition oppose any union with Georgia. Abkhazians see their independence as the result of a liberation struggle against Georgia, while Georgians believe that Abkhazia has always been a part of Georgia.

During the conflict, Abkhaz separatists carried out an ethnic cleansing campaign that displaced as many as 250,000 people and killed more than 5,000 ethnic Georgians.

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