Vanuatu Officially Announces Relations With Georgia

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Deputy PM: breakaway Abkhazia will not be recognized

By Jonas Cullwick

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, August 7, 2013) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that Vanuatu has now officially established diplomatic and consular relations with Georgia.

The decision finally puts to rest the matter of Vanuatu recognizing Abkhazia, a region of Georgia, which the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Edward Natapei, has made clear since he was Prime Minister in 2011 that Vanuatu will not recognize Abkhazia.

The instrument establishing the diplomatic relations between the two countries was signed by their respective Ambassadors to the United Nations in New York on July 12, 2013.

In a statement, Natapei said the Government considered the establishment of "this political relationship with Georgia an important one as both countries can now begin to establish closer mutual ties of friendship in the areas of universal peace and international cooperation."

He clarified that the Government’s decision to establish diplomatic relations with Georgia did not "negate nor shrink Vanuatu’s Non-Alignment Policy and the country’s relations with some other countries with which it shares amicable political relations." Natapei said the Government’s decision was based on important principles of international law and in particular the UN resolutions recognizing the sovereignty of Georgia. It included "Vanuatu’s recognition of the territorial integrity of Georgia including Georgia’s regions – the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali Region/ South Ossetia.

"I have taken the firm decision to clarify the confusion over Georgia-Abkhazia issue because this issue created a lot of confusions in the past simply because Foreign Affairs never consulted on the broader international implications of trying to engage Abkhazia, which according to the United Nations was an integral part of Georgia," Natapei said.

The diplomatic and consular relations were signed in New York between the Republic of Vanuatu’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Donald Kalpokas, and the Charge d’Affaires of Georgia to the United Nations, Vakhtang Makharoblishvili.

"I am delighted that now we can put the matter to rest and now focus on business with the Government and the people of Georgia," the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade said.

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