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“Georgia has lost Abkhazia forever”: Abkhazian Deputy Foreign Minister

Maksim Gunjia, Abkhazian Deputy Foreign Minister

1976 - Born in Sukhumi, Abkhazia
1998 - Graduates, Gorlovka State Teacher-Training Institute of Foreign Languages, Ukraine
1999 - Joins Interpreting Department, Abkhazian Foreign Ministry
2001 – Master’s in negotiation skills, Harvard law school accredited
2001 - Member, Abkhazian Committee for Banning Landmines
2002 - Head, International Department, Abkhazian Foreign Ministry
2004 - Diploma, Human Rights Centre, University of New South Wales
2004 - Abkhazian Deputy Foreign Minister
2005 - Abkhazian representative, Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO)

Abkhazia is a country in the Caucasus, on the Black Sea coast, which gained independence from Georgia after a military conflict between 1992 and 1993 – a conflict which is known in Abkhazia itself as the War of Independence. Since then, Abkhazia has remained independent but without international recognition. But possible recognition of independence of Kosovo has put this unrecognised country into the spotlight of the world media. The guest of the Spotlight Today is Abkhazia’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Maksim Gunjia.