20 years of the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Abkhazia

V.Chirikba: The MFA will continue to be guided by the national interests of Abkhazia directed towards the strengthening and provision of lasting security guarantees and sovereignty of the country

“The victory of the people of Abkhazia in the bloody war with Georgia in 1993 marked the establishment of the independent Abkhaz state for which more than one generation fought . In 1993 a number of basic bodies of state power were established by the new independent Abkhazia.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was among them”,said the Minister of Foreign Affairs V. Chirikba at the grand meeting devoted to the 20th anniversary of the MFA of the RA's establishment .

According to him the diplomatic service was established when military actions were at their peak during the absence of material and human resources. However, the patriotism of those who formed the Abkhazian MFA outweighed the objective's complexity .On May 17 1993, Vladislav Ardzinba signed a resolution of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Republic of Abkhazia on the "Establishment of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia”.

The work of the foreign-policy office was formed by those who today form the political, public and scientific elite of the country. Among them there are Said Tarkil, Sokrat Jinjolia, Leonid Lakerbaya, Konstantin Ozgan, Igor Akhba, Sergey Shamba and Maxim Gvinjia. They headed the Ministry during different stages of its history.

“Today, after 20 years, we may sum up some of the preliminary outcomes of the functioning of diplomatic service of Abkhazia, -underlined the head of the MFA. It has taken more than a little effort to work: Abkhazia today is a sovereign, independent and recognised state. Though , the present time dictates new challenges and demands, the MFA should deal with them appropriately i.e. proffessionally, actively, calmly and with the confidence expected of diplomats. The first and main task of the diplomat is to understand national interests within the political atmosphere at each stage of the political development of the country”.

V. Chirikba assured us that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia would continue to be guided by national interests and directed toward the strengthening and provision of sustainable security guarantees and the sovereignty of Apsny.

“The reorganisation of the MFA of Abkhazia has already been reflected in the rise of quality of the Ministry's work. We have managed to organise professional clerical work, improve the normative-legal base, enforce discipline and enhance proffesional requirements to the officials. Great attention has been paid to the selection of personnel. Young and well-educated officials are involved in the work, and they, together with their more experienced colleagues, work actively within new the structural model of the MFA of Abkhazia”,said the Minister. “There is a famous expression:”Diplomacy is a further proccess from one point to another”. We try to make this route as short as possible. It may be done jointly, having joined the efforts of all our society. This means guarantee of success in our common goals!”, said Chirikba.

To conclude his speech, he congratulated all diplomatic employees of the Republic of Abkhazia, and all those who participated and participate in the foreign policy of our country. He wished them health, well-being and success in their positions of responsibility at work, and on the protection of national interests of the Republic of Abkhazia. He marked with delight the presence of the representatives of diplomatic services of the friendly states of Abkhazia at the present meeting. “Your arrival to the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the MFA of Abkhazia is a demonstration of the establishment of diplomatic services of Abkhazia”, emphasised Chirikba.

Source: MFA Abkhazia

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