On 16 January, International Alert held a roundtable where experts and officials from the European Union discussed the November 24th Russian-Abkhaz Agreement on Alliance and Strategic Partnership with Georgian, Abkhaz and Russian experts both from civil society as well as the authorities in Tbilisi and Sukhum/i.
The Agreement has been the subject of heated debate within Abkhaz society and Alert’s objective was to offer a platform to discuss the significance of the Agreement against the backdrop of the unresolved conflict with Georgia. Participants discussed the purpose of the agreement; how it was interpreted by different groups in Sukhum/i, Tbilisi; what changes can be expected as a result; what it means for Georgian-Abkhaz relations and Georgian-Russian relations; and what the international community can do to reduce tensions that may arise in future.
The meeting was conducted under the Chatham House Rule and a short summary will be published in due course.
This event was supported by the European Union and is the latest in a series organised by International Alert in our Georgian-Abkhaz dialogue process. The previous roundtable in this series was held in July 2014, and similarly was on the Abkhaz political crisis about which you can find out more here.
For additional information on International Alert’s work in the Caucasus please visit www.international-alert.org/caucasus.