American expert on Georgia, Lincoln Mitchell has said that “the Georgian government has done well in the area of non-recognition policy, as for its effort to accelerate the end of the occupation, Tbilisi has made little concrete progress in this regard”.
“No additional governments have recognized either Abkhazia or South Ossetia as independent states in recent years. This success was achieved through diplomatic work by the team in Tbilisi, but also by the Georgian Mission to the UN which has also worked hard to make sure non-recognition remains strong,” Mitchell told the Accent on Wednesday.
As for the Georgian government’s effort to accelerate the end of the occupation, Mitchell said: “it is more complex”
“The government has made little concrete progress in this area”, he said.
According to him, “For years now, the challenge has been for Georgia to craft policies that are a little bit different from what has not worked for almost a decade. This challenge is made more difficult by continued Russian belligerence and a strange political environment in the US.”
News Agency Accent