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Georgian Prime Minister’s special envoy for relations with Russia, Zurab Abashidze has described the forthcoming visit by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Abkhazia to open embassy as an “encroachment on Georgia’s sovereignty.” Deputy Foreign Minister David Jalaganiya told reporters on his part Lavrov’s trip meant disregard for international principles and law. In August 2008, Russia recognized independence of Abkhazia and Sourth Ossetia, formerly two regions of Georgia that had been seeking independence for themselves since the early 1990’s.
Even skilled diplomats sometimes stumble, especially when they think the microphones are off. U.S. Ambassador Richard Norland in the former Soviet republic of Georgia found himself sputtering in outrage over comments he made earlier this month to students at Tbilisi State University in the capital of the Black Sea nation. “This was a discussion with students. Actually it was off the record, and it was [a] secret recording,” he said in remarks posted on the U.S. Embassy website. Mr. Norland suggested the quotes that appeared in the Georgian media were taken out of content, but the damage was done. In his Nov. 15 address at the university, he complained about how the Georgian government treated residents of the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which have been restive since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. Responding to a student’s question about his opinion of the cauldron of tension in the region, Mr. Norland said: “If you ask me about my opinion, I can tell you that when I was in Georgia 20 years ago, I saw that Georgians were treating Abkhazians and Ossetians the same way as Russians were treating Georgians, and Georgia will have to apologize for mistakes of the past.” His remarks sparked protests from opposition politicians, while the government tried to play down the ambassador’s gaffe.
New York-based DelShah Capital LLC is seeking buyers for the Embassy of Georgia building at 2209 Massachusetts Ave. NW as it plans its exit from D.C.’s commercial real estate market. DelShah has retained Greysteel LLC to market the historic 9,000-square-foot building by R and 22nd streets NW as an investment property. The Georgian Embassy is locked into a lease through January 2016, and the building is generating net operating income of about $288,900, according to Greysteel marketing data. Greysteel is marketing 2209 Mass to groups including other embassies. Built in 1911, the building was previously home to the United Arab Emirates and the Ukraine.
Georgia, a small state in the South Caucasus, recently opened an embassy in Jakarta. Indonesia’s trade, according to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), has been growing in double digits. In 2012, bilateral trade between the two countries surged to US$58.75 million, a 41.69 percent increase from $40.93 million in 2011.
Temur Yakobashvili, who has served as Georgia’s ambassador to the United States for past two years, said he was going to resign. “I am sure that Georgia’s new government should be represented in Washington by a new ambassador,” Yakobashvili wrote on his Facebook page. Yakobashvili, who was State Minister for Reintegration from January, 2008 till November, 2010, said he had already informed the Foreign Ministry about his decision to step down and added that he would spend next few months in “civilized transfer” of duties.
Georgia’s Interior Ministry is looking into a foreign trace in the search for those responsible for placing a bomb in front of Israel’s Embassy in Tbilisi in February. There are no further details about the investigation. On February 13, police reported about finding an artificial explosive device under the car of the embassy’s chauffeur, Roman Khachaturian. The interior ministry said the bomb was immediately deactivated. The same day a bomb exploded outside Israel’s Embassy in Delhi in India.
Georgia’s breakaway region Abkhazia has opened an embassy in Nicaragua. According to Apsnypress, Abkhazia’s ambassador to Venezuela, Zaur Gvajava, will also take on the function as ambassador to Nicaragua. Nicaragua will help Abkhazians in their relations with other countries and will offer support in their attempts at getting recognition for Abkhazia’s independence, Zaur Gvajava said. He notes that a so-called foreign affairs delegation will arrive from 20 to 27 May and sign an agreement about visa-freedom. “The document is already prepared and only signatures are necessary.” Also Georgia’s other breakaway region, South Ossetia, have opened an embassy in Nicaragua, thereby establishing diplomatic relations. Ambassador will be Namir Kozayev, who is also ambassador to Venezuela. Officials in Tbilisi say nothing has changed legally by this. On August 26, after a five-day war in August 2008, Russia recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. In total, five countries have recognized the separatist regions. Nicaragua was first to follow Russia on September 5, 2008. The President of Venezuela followed suit in September 2009, and after him, the Pacific island states of Nauru and Vanuatu. The Republic of Vanuatu is located on 83 islands in the Pacific Ocean. Its area is 12 000 square kilometers, and the population was 243 000 in 2009. In the western part of the Pacific is Nauru with a population of 14 000.