Abkazia to shut border with Georgia

Georgia denies being behind bomb attacks which prompted decision to close border.

    "The Georgian secret services participated in organising these explosions in Gagra and Sukhumi," Bagapsh said.

    "The security services of Abkhazia will do everything possible to find those responsible."

    Deteriorating relations

    Tbilisi has denied any involvement in the attacks, which Abkhaz officials say were carried out to damage tourism in the region.

    "We had absolutely nothing to do with the recent explosions in Abkhazia," Shota Utiashvili, a Georgian interior ministry spokesman, said.

    The differences between Georgia and Abkhazia come amid tensions Tbilisi and its neighbour Russia.

    Tbilisi has accused Russia of supporting the Abkhaz separatists after Moscow  announced in April that it was establishing official ties with rebels in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, another breakaway region in Georgia.

    The Abkhaz order to close the border with Georgia could have an impact on ethnic Georgians in Abkhazia's eastern Gali region.

    They often cross into Georgian-controlled territory to trade and visit relatives.

    Abkhazia broke away from Georgia in the early 1990s after a war that killed several thousand people.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Daughters of al-Shabab

    Daughters of al-Shabab

    What draws Kenyan women to join al-Shabab and what challenges are they facing when they return to their communities?