On May 2, President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul Khadzhimba held a meeting of the Committee for the Preparation to the Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Victory in the Patriotic War of the People of Abkhazia of 1992-1993 and the 10th Anniversary of International Recognition of the Independence of the Republic of Abkhazia.
The members of the committee reported on their work for the preparation to the festive events.
Minister of Defence Mirab Kishmaria informed the Head of State about the preparations for the military parade on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Victory in the Patriotic War of the People of Abkhazia. The total number of participants will be 1221 people. All agencies participating in the event are informed about the number of the personnel, the commanders of the parade have been established, and military equipment is being prepared.
Minister of Culture and the Preservation of Historical and Cultural Heritage Elvira Arsalia informed those present that a working group consisting of a number of ministries and agencies will present a general plan of events in the course of this year. The work on the plan is ongoing. City and district events will take place in the first part of September and October in order to involve the main resources for the preparation and carrying out of republican events. Elvira Arsalia said that a draft script to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the international recognition of the independence of the Republic of Abkhazia has been prepared.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Daur Kove informed those present about the preparation for the international conference on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the international recognition of the independence of the Republic of Abkhazia. The working title of the conference is “10 years since the recognition: results and prospects”.
Minister of Education and Science Adgur Kakoba reported that the Ministry has planned 21 events, including 11 district events The rest will be republican events. The President remarked that it is necessary to start organising already now the meetings of the school students with the veterans of the Patriotic War of the People of Abkhazia.
Head of the Republic state enterprise “Abkhazian State Television and Radio Company” Roland Bganba informed those present that a number of live broadcasts will be shown with the participation of the veterans of the Patriotic War of the People of Abkhazia and the mothers of the fallen soldiers, and also a number of new programs will be shown. Also, the Abkhazian State Television and Radio Company are preparing a documentary film about the Republic of Abkhazia.
Vice-Chancellor of the Abkhazian State University (ASU) on questions of education Medeya Chegia said that volunteer groups from the ASU are ready to offer support in all events and also to provide help to the families of the veterans. Medeya Chegia informed the members of the Committee about the current and planned events of the University, including the creation of a public garden in memory of the students of the ASU who died in the war, the organising of a quiz and a festive procession on the Victory Day.
Chairman of the Union of Journalists Ruslan Khashig spoke about the plans for the anniversary dates, including the organisation of the stay of Russian journalists in the Republic of Abkhazia in September. These journalists have covered the Patriotic War of the People of Abkhazia of 1992-1993. There will also be a photo exhibition of the works of Ibragim Chkadua and Vladimir Popov.
The Head of State especially commented on the necessity of beautifying all districts of the Republic, in particular, the capital and all places where large-scale events are to be held. The invitations have to be sent to the guests on time, all festive events in the state have to be coordinated, and the families of the fallen soldiers of the Patriotic War of the People of Abkhazia have to be visited. The President also instructed the members of the Committee to report weekly on the progress of the preparations.