President of the Republic of Abkhazia




March 12, 2015, Gal. The President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul  Khadzhimba conducted a meeting with the body of active functionaries of Gal district. The Head of the Administration of the President Astamur Taniya, the Members of People’s Assembly – the Parliament of the Republic of Abkhazia from Gal district Bejan Ubiriya and Ahra Kokoskir, the chair of the regional Assembly Yuri Kvekveskiri, acting head of the Administration of Gal district Temur Nadaraya, the public of the region took part in the meeting.

Raul  Khadzhimba in his address underlined that due to historical and political circumstances, Gal region always possessed a certain specificity, which required detailed attention from the side of the bodies of state authority of Abkhazia. He underlined that the problem of integration of Gal district to political and socioeconomic processes of Abkhazia is one of the key tasks of the country’s leadership.

The President noted that the increase of the security level in the region, and in particular the stabilization of the criminogenic environment and the fight against transfrontier crime will create environment for stable life of the district’s population.

“A new head of administration is appointed in Gal region and he gave a new impetus to the relations between local authorities and population. We will make strong demands to the leadership of the region and provide all-kind support in creation of normal legal and socioeconomic conditions”, said Raul  Khadzhimba. He also spoke on the measures of provision of the necessary facilities, strengthening and protection of the state border of the Republic of Abkhazia. “The issue of reliable protection of state border of Abkhazia with Georgia is still burning. Of course, thanks to Russian border guards, the situation improved, but we are counting that the realization of the provisions of the Agreement on alliance and strategic partnership will let us solve this problem at highest levels. This will cease unlawful border crossings and contraband. However, it does not mean that law-abiding population will not have the opportunity to cross it. We will create necessary conditions for normal border crossing in the checkpoints”, highlighted the President.

Talking on the theme of the economic condition of the region, the head of state spoke on enormous economic potential of the region and noted the importance of integration of Gal district to the system of economic relations of Abkhazia. “We need adjusted price and tax policies. We are speaking about getting the economy out of the shadow. Gal region is very prospective in the terms of agriculture. Traditional cultures such as hazelnut, citrus, tea are of particular interest. Highly competitive production of high demand is generated here”, he said. The President particularly highlighted the fact that in relation of tax collection Gal district is ahead of all the other ones.

Raul  Khadzhimba also told the audience about the planned activities on renovation of region’s infrastructure within the framework of investment program- in particular, the reconstruction of road, which will link the lower and upper parts of the region.

The President paid particular attention to the issue of the legal status of the population of the district that does not have Abkhaz citizenship. “We are preparing the draft law that will address this problem and create conditions of reliable provision of the rights of the local population. We are against obtrusion of our citizenship and will strictly follow the rule of law. The population of Gal region can independently define their citizenship and go through corresponding procedures. Let me repeat myself, we will not tolerate any abuse of rights of the population of Gal district”, said Raul  Khadzhimba.

The population of Gal district was interested in the issues of social security, increase of pensions and salaries, education issues. Responding to the questions, the President noted that he is not going to forbid education in a native language, but he thinks it is intolerable to use student books that deny the existence of our state and spark international dissention. “We have instructed the Ministry of education to integrate an education program for Gal district”, he added. The issues of railroad route Moscow-Sukhum-Tbilisi was also mentioned at the meeting. Raul  Khadzhimba answered that Abkhazia is ready to participate in such project, but only on equal conditions.

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