On April 25, President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul Khadzhimba held a meeting on issues of illegal construction on the territory of the Pitsunda-Myussera Nature Reserve in Pitsunda.
The Head of State and the Prime Minister, the city, district and reserve management, the General Prosecutor’s Office, the State Committee for Ecology and Nature Protection, the Institute of Ecology, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the State Forestry Office went to examine illegal construction in the protected area and the adjacent coastal line.
The President instructed the General Prosecutor’s Office to carry out a thorough check for any documents issued to the owners of illegal construction projects and provide information within ten days.
“The Prosecutor’s Office should thoroughly check where the papers came from, who issued them. There will be no indulgence. Behind every object there are officials, they should all be listed in your documents”, - stressed the President.
Head of the State Committee for Ecology and Nature Protection Saveliy Chitanava remarked that if the construction will not be stopped, then the territory of the nature reserve will be under serious threat.
Raul Khadzhimba expressed dissatisfaction with the work of the State Committee for Ecology and Nature Protection.
“It is good that you wrote to the Environmental Prosecutor’s Office. Yet, you did not do anything else to stop this”, - said the President.
General Prosecutor Zurab Achba urged local control authorities of the city and the distric to engage more actively in this situation.
“The decisions that we have taken are not enough. We have to put an end to all illegal construction on the territory of the nature reserve and the adjacent areas. All regulatory authorities should actively participate in this work and report to us in a timely manner. Together we will be able to restore order”, - said Zurab Achba.
The Minister for Internal Affairs Aslan Kobakhia stressed that his Ministry will take all the necessary measures to implement decisions regarding the illegal construction in the nature reserve and the city, which were adopted by the Court, the Head of State and the Government.
Raul Khadzhimba instructed the Government, the General Prosecutor’s Office and the Ministry of Internal Affairs to put an end to all illegal construction works.
“The task is to stop all construction. All construction in the protected area is subject to demolition. This should be under the personal control of the Prime Minister”, - said the President.
The President instructed the State Forestry Office to reach appropriate conclusions on the situation, which would include making human resources decisions.
The Head of State instructed the General Prosecutor’s Office and the profile departments of the executive branch to develop legislative proposals to implement tougher sanctions for illegal construction.
At the meeting, the President also spoke about a suggestion to the Member of Parliament from the Pitsunda electoral district and to the city and district administration to draft a bill that would allow for a redirection of a part of the Pitsunda resort’s funds to the city’s budget.