Today Georgia is marking a tragic day when Tbilisi lost control of its currently Russian-occupied region of Abkhazia 29 years ago.
In his social media post, Georgian prime minister reiterated the policy of the government to reintegrate territories only peacefully.
"The fall of Sukhumi on September 27, 1993 became a tragic day in our history. The war displaced hundreds of thousands of people in their homeland and, most sadly, cost the lives of many of our fellow citizens. Once again, I express my condolences to their family members and relatives.
“From this day forward, the unification of Georgia is the main goal of each of us, and it is based on our belief that living in a united, strong, developed country is the best prospect for our people. We also believe, and we have repeatedly proved it by our actions, that the way to this goal is only through the peace process, dialogue and cooperation. The future belongs to the unity, peace and prosperity of Abkhazians and Georgians", Garibashvili said.
The US Embassy to Georgia commemorated the date by saying that 29 years after the fall of Sukhumi, “the pain that followed the Russian-backed massacre is palpable”.
“This is the pain that was left in the hearts of the loved ones of tens of thousands of victims, and the pain that hundreds of thousands of displaced people live with every day. We always see in their eyes that their home is so close and yet so far”, said the Embassy
Flags at state buildings are flying at half-mast today.