On January 12, President Raul Khadzhimba made a television address to the people of the Republic of Abkhazia.
The address remarks, in particular:
“Dear compatriots, these days the situation in Abkhazia was very difficult. There were arguments and disagreements on socio-political issues. I have expressed my opinion about this in the past and I speak openly that I have done everything possible to avoid confrontation between people because our people have experienced many tragedies and difficulties.
We should remember the historical road that our state has traveled and the high price of freedom for which many heroes have sacrificed their lives.
I am a supporter of legal and constitutional solutions because a different path would lead to destruction. We have managed to do many things with your help, with the help of all the people. There is a lot that we did not have the time to complete.
We should understand that there is no path other than calmness and mutual understanding, as we are all a single nation.
I respect every opinion, whether it comes from the government representatives or the opposition.
On the eve of the Old New Year, I wish you strong health and good luck.
May the Lord defend our Homeland Abkhazia for whose freedom the sons and daughters of our Homeland have fought”.