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Scottish Town Restores Abkhazian Monument; Calls for "Brotherhood" With Georgia

A memorial to Abkhazian war dead in Kilmarnock, Scotland, which has been targeted by the Georgian government but then defended by the town's council. (photo: Thomas Nugent, Creative Commons)

A Scottish town council has denied reports that it is removing a memorial to the victims of war in Abkhazia, a setback in Georgia's efforts to deny recognition to the self-proclaimed state.

In November, the town council of Kilmarnock, a small city south of Glasgow council said that it was removing a monument from 1996 inscribed: “In memory of those from our twin town of Sukhumi who died in the Abkhazian/Georgian conflict.”

The removal of the monument came after a formal complaint from Georgia’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, part of a dogged effort by Tbilisi to rub out any hint of international recognition of its breakaway territories, which are recognized by Russia and nearly no one else.

“One of the main tasks of the Embassy of Georgia and generally Georgian diplomacy is to use all means against the efforts of the Russian government to propagate the so-called independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia,” the ambassador, Tamar Beruchashvili, said in a statement. In particular, Beruchashvili took offense to the Abkhazian flag adorning the monument.

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Scottish Town Restores Abkhazian Monument; Calls for "Brotherhood" With Georgia

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