Members of Mersin Caucasian Association protests TRT on exclusion of Abkhazia from the list of countries invited toTurkey for an international children's festival.
23 April, The International Children’s Festival has caused a diplomatic crisis for the first time in its history. The fact that they placed among the participating countries the Republic of Abkhazia, which Turkey does not recognise, resulted in an objection from Georgia. For that reason, TRT changed the name of the ‘Republic of Abkhazia’ into ‘Abkhazia Autonomous Republic-Georgia’. This was then opposed by Abkhazia. TRT (Turkish Radio and Television Corporation) resolved the situation by removing Abkhazia completely from the participating country-list. But the victims of this diplomatic crisis have been the children of Abkhazia who were preparing for the celebrations in Turkey. TRT this year invited the Republic of Abkhazia to the 23rd-April International Children’s Festival. The invitation was through the Abkhazian Associations’ Federation in Turkey. The Federation reminded TRT that ‘Turkey does not have diplomatic relations with Georgia’. It stated that Georgia might react to this situation and asked for ‘assurance that there will not be any diplomatic problem’. After TRT gave its assurance about this, the invitation was sent to Abkhazia along with information to the effect that ‘TRT had given assurance that there will not be any diplomatic problem’. Abkhazia positively responded to the invitation and chose the children to represent their country in the festival, and preparations duly started.
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