Germany has put forward a three-point peace plan as a solution to the military stand-off between Georgia and its breakaway region of Abkhazia. Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili said he welcomed German intervention.
The plan calls first for dialogue on practical matters, and then consideration of Abkhazia’s future status.
“We are all committed to the integrity of Georgia,” said the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, during a visit to Tblisi. “So far, all efforts to come to a solution over Abkhazia have not been very successful.”
Abkhazia broke away from Georgia in the early 1990s. Relations between the two were described by Steinmeier as being in a hopeless state.
The German Foreign Minister flew to Georgia amid worries that the conflict could spiral into war. He will go on to Abkhazia and Russia today.
Russian peacekeepers are now stationed in Abkhazia. Georgia accuses Moscow of encouraging the region’s separatist aims in a bid to annex it.