THE POLICY OF NON-RECOGNITION OF GEORGIA’S BREAKAWAY REGIONS—PROBLEMS AND PERSPECTIVES
Valeri MODEBADZE, Fatih Mehmet SAYIN
Valeri Modebadze, Associate Professor, Department of International Trade and Administration, Canik Bașari University (Samsun, Turkey)
Fatih Mehmet Sayin, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Canik Bașari University (Samsun, Turkey)
One of the main objectives of the Georgian government is to maintain Georgia’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity within internationally recognized borders. The maintenance of Georgia’s territorial integrity strongly depends on the effective implementation of the policy of non-recognition of Georgia’s separatist regions. This article explains the ways in which the policy of non-recognition of Georgia’s breakaway regions can be strengthened. Effective implementation of the non-recognition policy depends on the following factors: 1. Expansion of diplomatic ties; 2. Active cooperation with Western countries and international organizations and their involvement in the implementation of the policy of non-recognition; and 3. Along with the non-recognition policy, implementation of the policy of withdrawal of recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Keywords: Georgia, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Russia, the Caucasus.
One of the most tragic events in the recent history of Georgia was the 2008 August war and recognition of the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia by the Russian Federation. This recognition has violated one of the most important and fundamental principles of international law, a state’s territorial integrity and the inviolability of its borders. The principle of a state’s territorial integrity and the inviolability of its state borders is recognized in the Charter of the United Nations, as well as in the 1970 Declaration on Principles of International Law and………………