The Council of Elders of Abkhazia led by Konstantin Ozgan called "erroneous" recommendations of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, which call for Russia to renounce recognition of the so-called independence of Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region. The Abkhazian side issued this information.
"PACE is trying to advise Russia without understanding the issue of restoration of statehood of Abkhazia", - said the appeal of the Council of Elders. It is also noted that "the Abkhazian autonomous state was created in VIII century”.
"There were its ups and downs in the history of Abkhazia as well as wars with powerful empires. Abkhazia restored its statehood four times. The most difficult was the period from 1931, when at the request of Stalin the independent Republic of Abkhazia was forcibly incorporated into the Georgian SSR "- said in the statement of the Council of Elders which tells so-called history of Abkhazia and its struggle against "oppressor-Georgia."
The Council of elders called "unfair" that the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe refused to recognize so-called independence of Abkhazia.
The Council of Elders also considered "juridically unfounded" PACE recommendations to Russia not to open polling stations for the election of members to the State Duma of Russia in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
According to the authors of the appeal, recommendations of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe can be seen as a signal to Georgia and contains the risk of new escalation of the conflict.