''The Abkhazian language once again makes us think about the horrible reality that emerged there following Russian occupation,'' Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili declared.
In Zurabishvili's words, both the Georgian and Abkhazian languages need to be protected in the region today.
''The officially anti-Georgian and actually anti-Abkhazian policy has brought the Abkhazian language to the verge of extinction.
The UNESCO and the World Science Association have admitted to this.
Today, anti-Georgian policy in Abkhazia is being carried out by actions such as banning teaching the Georgian language in Gali and prohibiting gaining education in the Georgian language. Each late or untaken step to protect the Abkhazian language poses risks to its viability. The status quo pushes us to search for innovative tools to save the Abkhazian language. Our fundamentally important aim is to protect our languages, and for this purpose, we must prove able to unite intellectual resources on both sides of the dividing line. I do believe that we will prove able to change this tragic reality in the immediate future,'' Zurabishvili declared.