Abkhazia rejects latest UN draft peace proposals

Abkhazia will not discuss the "basic principles of distributing constitutional powers" between Georgia and Abkhazia, which were drafted by the UN, Astamur Tania, an aide to Abkhaz President Vladislav Ardzinba, told Caucasus Press on 18 February. That draft envisages broad autonomy for Abkhazia within a unified Georgian state. Abkhaz Prime Minister Vyacheslav Tsugba, for his part, told Caucasus Press that the Abkhaz authorities are prepared to discuss only establishing relations with Georgia on the basis of two equal states. LF

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