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 (ăb-kā′zhə, -zē-ə, -kä′-, äb-)
An autonomous republic of northwest Georgia bordering on Russia and the Black Sea. Georgian troops were forced to withdraw from the region in 1993 after a yearlong war with secessionist rebels.
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(æbˈkɑːzɪə) or

Abkhaz Autonomous Republic

(Placename) a disputed region of NW Georgia, between the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains: a subtropical region, with mountains rising over 3900 m (13 000 ft); Abkhazian separatists seized control of the region in 1993; Russia formally recognized it as an independent republic following the Russian-Georgian war of 2008, although Georgia still claims the region as part of its territory. Capital: Sukhumi. Pop: 220 600 (2006 est). Area: 8600 sq km (3320 sq miles). Also called: Abkhaz Autonomous Republic
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or Ab•kha•si•a

(æbˈkeɪ ʒə, -zi ə, -ˈkɑ-)

an autonomous republic in the Georgian Republic, on the E coast of the Black Sea. 537,000; 3320 sq. mi. (8600 sq. km). Cap.: Sukhumi.
Ab•kha′zi•an (-ˈkeɪ zi ən, -ʒən) adj., n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Abkhazia - an autonomous province of Georgia on the Black SeaAbkhazia - an autonomous province of Georgia on the Black Sea; a strong independence movement has resulted in much instability
Abkhas, Abkhaz - Circassian people living east of the Black Sea
Sakartvelo, Georgia - a republic in Asia Minor on the Black Sea separated from Russia by the Caucasus mountains; formerly an Asian soviet but became independent in 1991
Abkhas, Abkhasian, Abkhaz, Abkhazian - a member of the Circassian people who live to the east of the Black Sea
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[æbˈkɑːzɪə] NAbjazia f
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nAbchasien nt
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Abkhazians will likely continue to pursue a policy of genocide toward Georgians.
Nonetheless, many of us still remember Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev during the Cold War era's most devastating crises, namely the Berlin and Cuban Missile Crisis in the 1960's, but few recall his warning to Georgia at that time: "If Georgians are not clever enough, I'll set Abkhazians to them." True to his word, he later summoned the first secretary of the Abkhazian regional party in Georgia, Mikhail Timurovich Bgazhba, and ordered him to request in the name of the Abkhazian people that the territory leave the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic and accede to the Krasnodar region of Soviet Russia.
In the summer 1992 Shevardnadze was sure that he would beat the Abkhazians into fits but
Medvedev said that Russia was not, in principle, against the idea of having international peacekeeping contingents in the separatist regions, but added that the problem is "that the Ossetians and Abkhazians themselves trust nobody except Russian peacekeepers".
We, however, have a firm stance that improvement of relations with Abkhazians is highly
"After what happened, it's unlikely Osse-tians and Abkhazians will ever be able to live together with Georgia in one state," he said in a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
"It is important for us, first of all, to find a common language with Abkhazians and South Ossetians, since if we manage to find
As mentioned above, the ethnicity of South ossetia and Abkhazia may not be as homogenous as it is in Kosovo, but nevertheless the Ossetians and Abkhazians comprise the majority of the population.
This is even happening at important locations, like the Zugdibi checkpoint, which has been handed over to the Abkhazians.
The result could be policy confusion in places like Washington, Paris, and at the UN in New York, with Syria exploiting this to strengthen its allies in Lebanon, much as the Russians did the Abkhazians and South Ossetians.
In Georgia there is more interest in people-to-people contacts between Abkhazians and Georgians, as well as contact between the de facto authorities of Abkhazia and Tbilisi.
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