Thursday, Nov 27, 2008
Georgian Foreign Minister Eka Tkeshelashvili said Wednesday that Russian forces were erecting a “Berlin Wall” as part of a campaign to cut off rebel regions from the rest of the country.
Russia is trying to divide Abkhazia and South Ossetia from the rest of Georgia, she said in a speech to the International Institute for Strategic Studies think-tank in London.
Tkeshelashvili said Russia was building a wall at Zugdidi, a city at the Abkhaz border.
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“Russia physically destroys physical links between the regions of Georgia,” she said. “It is blowing up bridges in Gali region so that it is harder for people to go to the neighbouring region of Samegrelo.
“In Zugdidi city, for that matter, they are building a wall which will be not perhaps the size of the Berlin Wall but is something resembling that.
“The same goes for South Ossetia with which the roads and then bridges are being blown up. In physical terms, they try to dismember these regions in such a way that there’s a physical detachment of these regions.