Turkey’s Foreign Ministry yesterday informed representatives of Abkhazia in Istanbul that residents of that Georgian break-away region will no longer be allowed into Turkey with the Soviet-type passports issued by the Sukhumi authorities. Abkhazians wishing to enter Turkey must henceforth obtain valid Georgian passports from Tbilisi. (Interfax, September 23). Turkey’s gesture, which reflects warming Georgian-Turkish relations, did not come easily. Commuter trade with Turkey is a vital source of supply for Abkhazia, and the Abkhaz diaspora residing in northern Turkey seeks to maintain the direct ties that have developed in recent years with their kinsmen.
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