The Georgian Foreign Ministry said in a statement commemorating the 29th anniversary of the fall of Sokhumi that there is no alternative to peaceful conflict settlement.
According to the Ministry, the shared tragedy of Georgians and Abkhazians resulted in the annexation of the indivisible Georgian territory of Abkhazia. Tens of thousands of people were killed and hundreds of thousands were displaced following the violence.
“Today, we commemorate the troops and citizens who perished defending Georgia’s territorial integrity and extend our condolences to their families and relatives. There is no other option for resolving the conflict peacefully. De-occupation and the rebuilding of confidence between people separated by barbed wires serve as the sole and solid foundation for peaceful coexistence and wellbeing in a unified and strong country,” the statement reads.
Georgia marks the 29th anniversary of the fall of Sokhumi on September 27, 1993.