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Georgia to Promote Abkhaz Language, But Sukhumi Unimpressed

Abkhazian musicians perform at an announcement of a new program to promote the Abkhazian language in Georgia. (photo: Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia)

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili has announced a new state program aimed at developing and protecting the Abkhaz language in an effort to woo back its prodigal Abkhazian citizens.

Congratulating his “Abkhazian brothers and sisters,” Kvirikashvili promised his government’s backing, noting hopes that the project would help “restore burned bridges, which are necessary for our unity.” As if to underscore the seriousness of the occasion, the initiative was launched with that most sacred of post-Soviet rituals—a memorandum of understanding between the education and reconciliation ministries.

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Georgia to Promote Abkhaz Language, But Sukhumi Unimpressed

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