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  • Georgia
    Regional Conflicts (South Ossetia, Abkhazia)
    in Documents. Prehistory and Present
    1917 - 2011
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"Regional Conflicts in Georgia (Autonomous Oblast of South Ossetia, Autonomous SSR of Abkhazia 1989-2008) Collection of Political-Legal Acts", in English, the second updated edition,Tbilisi, 2008, 665 pp.(at the moment an electronic version of the book is updated with new documents and spreads over 2011)



The given handbook is a second, updated edition of the English-language handbook under the same title published by the Author in 2003 within the research of regional conflicts in Georgia. It was preceded by first and second updated editions of the same title in Georgian and Russian languages respectively in 2002 and 2005, also, two books in Georgian-Russian and English languages - "Status of Autonomous Regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia within Georgia (1917-1988). Collection of Political-legal Acts" are organic parts of the handbooks mentioned above. During the same time frame, the three language web site ( in internet - "Georgia, Regional Conflicts (South Ossetia, Abkhazia) in Documents. Prehistory and Present (1917-1988)" was created and activated.

This handbook includes important political-legal documents reflecting the conflicts developments in Georgia (South Ossetia and Abkhazia) from 1989-2011, namely:

1. Acts of governments of autonomous regions aimed at regionalization, political decentralization, separation from the State and consequently, sovereignty of these regions;

2. Acts of Georgian national government and governmental bodies aimed at protection and strengthening of the state sovereignty and territorial integrity;

3. Decisions of the states (USSR, the Russian SFSR, the Russian Federation, and the USA) and international organizations (UN, CSCE, OSCE, Council of Europe, European Union, CIS and NATO) regarding the conflicts;

4. Agreements on peaceful resolution of the conflicts;

5. Other documents related to the problem.

In order to ensure the full reflection of materials, many documents of this handbook are presented in the shortened version, but with the provisions (Chapters, articles, paragraphs) that fully complies the aim of the book and the spirit of the documents themselves.

The handbook does not pretend to be perfect source to guide readers of essence of these conflicts. This publication is intended to make it available for the general public the wide range of political-legal information (knowledge) about the 22-years old regional conflicts, genesis of conflicts in these two regions, political confrontations, starting points of the conflicts and their transformation into the armed ones, process of their peaceful resolution, its results and future.

The main purpose of the publication is to help the parties of the conflict and those who are involved in their resolution as well as other stakeholders understand the problem as thoroughly as possible, realize their part of the responsibility, and make reasonable decisions during legal resolution of those conflicts.

It gives additional value to the work the fact that author, in order to make the information about the problem as wide as possible, has placed the documents of this handbook and other materials collected during the research of the regional conflicts in three languages on the website of which is equipped with the necessary research capacity.

Mr. Diasamidze conducts very important and efficient activities for our country by collecting and publishing the materials regarding the territorial conflicts in Georgia. The work is to be welcomed as it provides all necessary instruments to widen our knowledge related to one of the most problematical conflicts in the contemporary world.

Levan Alexidze Professor of International Law Member of Georgian National Academy of Sciences

(See second, updated editions of the book in Russian and Georgian language)


    The Development of Webportal
  was funded (2005) by European
  Commission's Delegation to
  Georgia and Armenia
    The next updating (2008) of the
  website was financed by the
  OSCE Mission to Georgia
  The last updating of the website (2011)
was financed by the
  "Open society - Georgia" foundation
   Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia გრანტი #HE-22-239.
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