Bagapsh Speaks

by Nathan Hamm on 11/15/2004 · 1 comment

Sergei Bagapsh, whose supporters seized government buildings on November 12, spoke to Rosbalt (picked up by about the recent events in Abkhazia.

Bagapsh told the news agency that his victory in the regional October 3 presidential election was not a result of people voting for him, but rather of them voting “against that system which was formed in Abkhazia after the war. People want changes, economic reforms, crime control.”

Sergey Bagapsh also commented on the events that occurred on November 12, wherein a crowd of pro-Bagapsh supporters stormed several governmental buildings in Sokhumi, the capital of Abkhazia. Bagapsh warned that his opposition, supporters of pro-government candidate Raul Khajimba, will use the death of Tamara Shakril, a 78-year old linguist who was shot and killed while storming the Parliament building, to “accuse [pro-Bagapsh supporters] of all sins.”

Bagapsh went on to dismiss claims that those who opposed pro-government candidate Raul Khajimba, in turn supported Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili as “foolish” and added that he does not intend to “fight” with Russia.

“We know that nothing can be made in Abkhazia without Russia,” Bagapsh said during the interview, “without Russia, Georgia would swallow us.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister met with both candidates to try to settle the situation.

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George Adamia May 3, 2005 at 12:59 pm

Bagapsh will ruin abkhazia. What about all of the georgian refugees who fled abkhazia? Where have they gone? Will they ever get their land and property back? All the lives lost during this war. Was it worth it? – no it wasnt- this war was brainless. Yet noone interfered when russia gave abkhazians military capabilities.

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