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    Bilateral Contacts Between Abkhazia, Georgia Almost Non-Existent

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    Abkhazia is not holding any bilateral talks with neighboring Georgia, which refuses to recognize the country's independence, Abkhazian President Raul Khajimba said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The latest round of the Geneva discussions was held in mid-June. The meeting was attended by the Republic of Abkhazia, Georgia, the Russian Federation, the United States and the Republic of South Ossetia, which had also declared independence from Georgia and remains partially recognized by the international community. The participants agreed that the situation in the region remains stable.

    "Currently, no bilateral talks are being held," Khajimba said in an interview with the Russian Izvestia newspaper, published on Wednesday.

    Contacts between the two countries continue within the framework of the Geneva Discussions on Security and Stability in the South Caucasus, he added.

    During the meeting, Abkhazia expressed disagreement with the recent UN resolution on the right of Georgian displaced by the Abkhazian-Georgian conflict to return to their homes.

    Abkhazia and South Ossetia declared their independence from Georgia in the early 1990s and were recognized by Russia following the 2008 conflict when Georgia launched a military offensive against the breakaway republics.

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