A book named “Georgian-Abkhazian conflict of 1917-1992” by K.I.Kazanin and a foreword written by O.R.Ayrepatov was published in 2013 in publishing house “Yevropa”. The book published as one of the “Yevrovostok” series, says in its introduction that, the book is an oppurunity to skiss the general contours of long and complicated history of international relations. The book includes some published statements, documents and memories about Abkhazian national problem from the moment of Russian Empire’s collapse until the beginning of Georgian-Abkhazian conflict.
The relation between Georgia and Abkhazia has a long history. It is worth to note that, this relation is interpretated differently by Georgian and Abkhazian historians, however it is clear that both nations have been trying to preserve their cultural independency and language through the centuries. The choosen materials mostly reflect the an Abkhazian position, even though in the foreword it says that the book does not include any specific evaluation or analysis. The author justifies the Abkhazian stance, presents the appeals and statements of the chairman of Abkhazian Supreme Council, V.Ardzinba in full version, whilst omits some passages from the statements made by E.A.Shevarnadze- as the first secretary of the Georgian Communist Party and the chairman of the State Council of Georgia.
In his foreword O.R.Ayrapetov claims that, Georgia was the reason of the Russian invasion to the region in XIX century. He also says that Georgia is the examplary work of the Russian policy in South Caucasus. The author expresses his surprise by noting the fact that, Gerogian lands could be unified only within the borders of the Russian Empire, but it (Russia) only faced hatred and acclaims of the Georgian inteligentsia.
Despite the acclaimed neutrality in the introduction section, Ayrepetov charactirise the presence of Abkhazia in Georgia as a negative experince and emphizises that Georgia has not engaged the confederation in right time with the seperatists.
Based on the above mentioned facts we can conclude that, the book “Georgian-Abkhazian conflict of 1917-1992” is nothing else but an attempt to justify the Abkhazian secessionism.