Republic of is a self-proclaimed independent state a disputed region which is Abkhazia recognized by Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Nauru, Nagorno-Karabakh, South Ossetia, and Transnistria. (The first four of these are members of the United Nations, fully recognised as sovereign states.) Abkhazia declared independence from Georgia in 1999, but did not receive recognition from any [1 ] UN member states until after the 2008 South Ossetia war. One of Abkhazia's main foreign policy goals is searching for further international recognition. [2 ]
Diplomatic relations [ edit ]
Foreign relations of Abkhazia
diplomatic relations and recognition
diplomatic recognition only
On 9 March 2012 an agreement to allow visa free travel was signed between the two.
Date of diplomatic recognition
Diplomatic relations established Notes
Nagorno-Karabakh 17 November 2006
On November 17, 2006, Abkhazia and Nagorno-Karabakh recognized each other's independence.
Nauru 15 December 2009
15 December 2009
On December 15, 2009, Nauru became the fourth UN member state to recognize Abkhazia.
Nicaragua 5 September 2008
10 September 2009
On September 5, 2008, Nicaragua became the second UN member state to recognize Abkhazia.
Russia 26 August 2008
9 September 2008
On August 26, 2008, Russia became the first UN member state to recognize Abkhazia.
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Abkhazia–South Ossetia relations
Abkhazia and South Ossetia officially recognised each other's independence.
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Abkhazia and Transnistria officially recognised each other's independence.
Venezuela 10 September 2009
12 July 2010
On September 10, 2009, Venezuela became the third UN member state to recognize Abkhazia.
Visa Problems [ edit ]
Several states which do not recognise Abkhazia routinely refuse visa applications of Abkhazians, even though the application is made in Moscow on the basis of the person's dual Russian citizenship.
In October 2006 the American embassy denied a visa to
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia Sergei Shamba, who was to attend a UN Security Council discussion in New York on the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia. [4 ] In February 2009 the Indian embassy denied visas to two Abkhazian women employed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who had been invited by the
Jawaharlal Nehru University to attend an international conference. In response, Foreign Minister Shamba sent letters to Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and to the Ambassador of India to Russia, Prabhat Prakash Shukla. The letters protested the very unfriendly attitude towards Abkhazia, pointed out that the applicants’ Russian citizenship had not been taken into account and warned that Abkhazia might respond in kind, denying visas to any future Indian visitors. [5 ] On 17 March the Spanish embassy in Moscow refused visas for the members of the Abkhazian
Futsal team, which was to take part in the first Copa de les Nacions de Futsal in Catalonia. [6 ] On 13 May 2009, the German embassy in Russia initially denied a visa for a sick Abkhazian 16-year old boy who was to have undergone a complicated operation in a
Munich clinic. Foreign Minister of Abkhazia Sergei Shamba said "such actions are out of line with universal humanitarian principles and are a direct violation of Abkhazian residents' rights." However, the next day the German embassy in Moscow issued the visa, stating that the delay was due to the need to coordinate with their consulate in Tbilisi, which normally handles visas. [7 ] [8 ]
Relations with other self-declared independent states [ edit ]
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Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus welcomed Russian recognition of Abkhazia. The militant Palestinian organization [9 ] Hamas also welcomed the recognition of both Abkhazia and South Ossetia. [10 ] [11 ] [12 ]
Diplomatic missions [ edit ]
Offices in Abkhazia [ edit ]
Abkhazian missions [ edit ]
Membership in international organizations [ edit ]
Abkhazia belongs to the
Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and Community for Democracy and Human Rights.
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]