Abkhazia: Russian bases crucial for South Caucasus peace

Abkhazia's leader promised to "do everything possible to have Russian armed forces put up powerful bases on the territory of Abkhazia and South Ossetia" and said this was "not only in the interests of Abkhazia and South Ossetia but in the interests of peace in the entire South Caucasus."

"Very soon bases will start being set up, a treaty [to that effect] will be signed very soon.

"We have come to an agreement on the quantitative aspect as well, the quantity will be sufficient to stop anyone wanting to do or thinking of doing anything similar to the events in Tskhinvali on August 8," Abkhaz President Sergei Bagapsh told a news conference in Moscow.

South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity said the planned bases would shield the two republics from possible Georgian attacks.

"There will be as many [bases] as needed, and the conditions that will be provided there will be as favorable as possible so that the soldiers and officers who are on our territory feel at home," he said.

[Source: Interfax, Moscow, 17Sep08]

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