Prof. George Hewitt

Abkhazia: Recent Developments

Leiden, 6 March 2003

On 12th October 1999 Abkhazia declared its independence. It is important to keep this date in mind, for, according to many (typically ill-informed) reports in the Western media, this step had been taken in August 1990 some two years before the start of the war (14 August 1992). But that is just one of the misrepresentations of the Abkhazian position for which I have been trying to provide a corrective over the course of the past 15 years.

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