Gal Region: Problems Unsolved
On 15 November Abkhaz Public Chamber members visited Gal region. This region has already traditionally been called as one of the most problematical in Abkhazia. Public Chamber members decided again to learn the problems of the residents of the region at first hand. And there was no need to persuade to come.
Natella Akaba (Secretary of the Public Chamber): "We are having very serious intentions regarding the Gal region. I can say that the President supports our initiative, He is very concerned that we would be able to define the most acute problems existing in Gal region today"
Guram Shonia (the representative of Gal NGO): Before people have been subjected with unlawful tax. But after we have a new President and new authorities, they say that all this will be stopped."
The division of Gal region into parts negatively influenced on the situation. The village of Saberio is already included into Tkvarchal region. And if a person wants to get it and obtain some documents it appears very problematic to do it. People are very little engaged in the work there, there are no large manufactures and developing agriculture and mainly they go to Georgia".
Bezhan Ubiria (Deputy of Gal region Assembly): "There are problems with the Military Commissioner and with Commissariat. It is a huge problem. For registering one needs to give a large amount of money, to deviate from the army – a separate large sum. All know about it".
Nugzar Salakaya (the Editor of a newspaper "Gal") "Regarding Military Commissariat and passportization - actually it is an extortion. These things must be completely eliminated. From all sides. Let them say that they pay 150 rubles pass the! border. Why not to say it?" Bezhan Ubiria (Deputy of Gal region Assembly): "People here do not know to whom they belong to, to which state."
Judging on what have been said at this meeting, today, security is a problem for Gal residents and obtaining of Abkhaz passport, social problems, roads, transport and salary. All this can be united into one topic - an integration of the region into Abkhaz space. The representatives of the Public Chamber again fixed the problems. Obviously, just the efforts of the society are not sufficient to solve them.