World Congress of Abkhaz-Abaza people

These days, the World Congress of the Abkhaz-Abaza people is held in Sukhum. The first Congress took place in December 1992 in the village of Lykhny, where the creation of the World Association of the Abaza people was announced.

The first President of Abkhazia, Vladislav Ardzinba, mobilized at that time not only all the people living in Abkhazia, but also all compatriots abroad. Thanks in large part to the World Congress, our people, faced with the threat of total extermination, were able to unite all forces and win in that war.

The World Association of the Abkhaz-Abaza (Abaza) people is the coordinating body of the World Congress. WAAAP actively supports the repatriation of Abkhazians and Abazinians. In 2006, the Association sent a letter to the UN Secretary-General Mr. Kofi Annan and the international community with a call to pay attention to the need to address this issue. And also appealed to the leadership of Russia and Turkey with a request to promote "the establishment of historical justice and the recognition of the right of descendants of Abkhaz refugees to repatriation and return to Abkhazia, without any obstacles.

This is the seventh Congress, and it continues to be the main forum at which representatives of the Diaspora from around the world are discussing important issues in sake of further development of our people.

The Congress was attended by guests from various countries of the Middle East and Europe, as well as from the republics of the North Caucasus of the Russian Federation.