American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- A city of western Georgia on the Black Sea west-northwest of Tbilisi. The administrative capital of the republic of Abkhazia, it is the center of an Abkhazian secessionist movement. Population: 81,500.
“Kim opened the notebook again and looked at the picture of the bathhouse in Sokhumi again.”
“It is one of the old sulfur bath complexes in Sokhumi.”
“Sokhumi is the city where our pride eventually settled after we left the Middle East for good.”
“Administrative divisions: 2 autonomous republics (avtomnoy respubliki, singular - avtom respublika); Abkhazia (Sokhumi), Ajaria”
“Administrative divisions: 2 autonomous republics (avtomnoy respubliki, singular - avtom respublika); Abkhazia (Sokhumi), Ajaria (Bat'umi) note: the administrative centers of the autonomous republics are included in parentheses; there are no oblasts - the rayons around”
“Moscow, however, contends that Russian airlines are justified in flying to Sokhumi since Russia has recognized Abkhazia as a sovereign state, said Irakli Giviashvili, director of the ministry's International Legal Department.”
“The announced plans for the Sokhumi airport would seem to be in keeping with that interest.”
“He underlined that awarding an international code to the Sokhumi airport "should be decided only by the Georgian aviation authorities, as the territory of Abkhazia represents an inseparable part of Georgia ...”
“One senior Georgian foreign ministry official contends that having flights run out of Sokhumi on a schedule not coordinated with air traffic control officials in Tbilisi would undermine that EU agreement.”
“At a March 20 press conference in Moscow, de facto Abkhaz Prime Minister Sergei Shamba claimed that Russia had granted an international code to Babushera airport, a facility in the Abkhaz capital Sokhumi that has been closed to regular flights since 1994.”
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