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History of Georgia Abkhazia, and Surrounding Area

This section includes the articles that cover regional history with an emphasys on the most recent events.

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The Rise of Laz Kingdom

By George Nikoladze

Along with the rest of Colchis, the territory of modern-day Abkhazia was conquered by Mithridates VI Eupator of Pontus between c. 110 and 63 BC, and then taken by the Roman commander Pompey. With the downfall of the Roman Empire, the Colchian tribes living in the region gained some independence, nominating their rulers who were to be confirmed by Rome. In the 3rd century AD, the western Georgian tribe of Lazoi (Lazs) came to dominate most of Colchis, establishing the second Georgian tribal union known as kingdom of Lazica, locally called Egrisi.

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The Rise of an Early Georgian Kingdom of Colchis

By George Nikoladze 

A major Georgian tribal union emerged in the 13th century BC on the eastern Black Sea coast which resulted in creation of the powerful Kingdom of Colchis in the western Georgia.

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The Prehistoric settlement in Abkhazia

By George Nikoladze 
Lower Paleolithic hunting-gathering encampments formed the first known settlements on the territory of modern-day Abkhazia. The earliest examples have been unearthed at the sites of Iashkhtva, Gumista, Kelasuri, and Ochamchire. Upper Paleolithic culture settled chiefly the coastline. Mesolithic and Neolithic periods brought larger permanent settlements, and marked the beginning of farming, animal husbandry, and the production of ceramics.

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Georgia: Possible NATO Candidate and a Highly Sensitive Bridge between Europe and Asia

nato_logoOn October 3/2006, NATO Parliamentary Assembly released a statement supporting Georgia’s wish to join the Alliance. It is likely that the new post-Soviet nation squeezed between Europe and Asia will be further encouraged to integrate into Euro-Atlantic structures at the forthcoming November NATO summit in Riga (Latvia).

It would not be an exaggeration to say that the tendency too cooperate with NATO was clearly demonstrated by Georgia since the first months of its independence after the disintegration of the USSR in late 1991.

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