On October 11, President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul Khadzhimba made a speech at a festive event dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Abkhazia which took place in the R. Gumba Abkhazian State Philharmonic Hall.
Dear Mirab Borisovich!
Dear soldiers and commanders!
The 25th anniversary of our state’s main military institution, which we celebrate today, has its own dignified history. When making a decision about the creation of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Abkhazia on October 11, 1992, Chairman of the Supreme Council and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed forces Vladislav Ardzinba was deeply convinced that it was necessary to create an organisational and guiding core structure, which would be capable of ensuring the strict unity of command of all military units that took part in the fight for the liberation of our Motherland.
Time and circumstances confirmed the consistency, correctness and timeliness of this decision. Already at the start of the Patriotic War of the People of Abkhazia, it was necessary to overcome the spontaneity of conducting military operations and to subordinate them to a strict command and staff control system. The contribution of the first defence ministers General Vladimir Arshba and General Sultan Sosnaliyev was significant in establishing cooperation between the fronts and strengthening the fighting efficiency of our army, which was formed directly in the course of fighting.
The Ministry of Defence of the Republic always relied on the invaluable combat experience of our reservists who are alert even in peaceful times. We highly value the significant contribution of many war veterans who stood at the origins of the Ministry of Defence of Abkhazia and who successfully managed the Ministry in the following years. These people are Vladimir Mikanba, Vyacheslav Eshba and Mirab Kishmaria.
I am certain that attention to and care for our Armed forces, which guarantee the security of the state, will continue to be a priority.
I sincerely congratulate you on the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Abkhazia! I wish you new achievements in the field of faithful service to the Motherland!