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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tbilisi Approves Plan for Rebel Regions

TBILISI, Georgia — The Georgian government has approved a plan for cooperation with the separatist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and vowed to avoid armed conflict 17 months after a war with Russia.

“We approved this document because we believe in a peaceful resolution,” Temur Iakobashvili, Georgia’s reintegration minister, told reporters in Tbilisi on Wednesday. “There won’t be a war with these regions. It’s time to engage people through education as well as social, economic and business projects, instead of isolating them.”

The strategy document, which reiterates Georgia’s claim to Abkhazia and South Ossetia, sets out broad goals for promoting “grassroots-level trade” with the two regions and agriculture as well as job creation. It proposes the creation of “dedicated funds” to support joint business activities.