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Abkhaz Foreign Ministry Complains About Georgian 'Terrorism'

Abkhazia's Foreign Ministry has called on the United States, United Nations, and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to pressure Georgia into halting what it called "terrorist activities" in a district bordering Georgia.

The ministry said the number of terrorist actions recorded in the Gali district "gives evidence to Georgia's wide-ranging campaign to terrorize inhabitants of this Abkhaz region."

The Gali district is mostly populated by ethnic Georgians.

The breakaway Georgian region urged the United States, UN, and OSCE to "pressure Georgia into stopping acts of terror on Abkhaz territory."

Abkhaz State Security Service chief Aslan Bzhania said on June 20 residents of the Gali area were being kidnapped and another resident of a village in the district was reportedly kidnapped early on June 22.

There were no reports of a response to these accusations from Georgian authorities.

Abkhazia declared independence from Georgia in the early 1990s.

Russia recognized Abkhazia and another Georgian separatist region, South Ossetia, as independent states after the August 2008 Russia-Georgia war.

Since then, only Venezuela, Nicaragua, and the Pacific island states of Nauru and Tuvalu have recognized the region's independence.

Based on reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS

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