Abkhazia and South Ossetia: Time to Talk Trade

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Informal trade is increasing between Georgia and the breakaway territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, and between Abkhazia and countries outside the region.

Trade alone cannot transform the parties’ core political differences.

Oce 2bBut talks among them on mutually beneficial commerce could open lines of communication long cemented shut.

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What’s happening? 

Informal trade is increasing between Georgia and the breakaway territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, and between Abkhazia and countries outside the region.

Formalising aspects of this trade is under discussion, but the talks brush against the issue at the…

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