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Minsk offers EU the role of a passive observer

2009-04-30 12:30

5/6/7/2567.jpegThe government of Belarus urges more solidarity among the deputies of the parliament on the issue of recognition of Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's independence as stated by President Alexander Lukashenko on April 28.

"Recognition of Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's independence is being discussed by the deputies today, - Lukashenko is quoted by Iterfax-Zapad. - The deputies are far from unanimous on the issue. Now our Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the diplomatic corps are carrying out productive work toward solidarity".


It will be remembered the parliament of Belarus has not added the issue of recognition of Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's independence to the agenda yet though Belarus was the only CIS state lending support to Russia last August. As reported in September official Minsk had started speaking about a possibility of recognition of the two new republics in the parliament, but the progress had been made on the issue. In winter Alexander Lukashenko in his interview with France Presse was positive and quite precise about Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's desire for sovereignty assigning the decision on this issue to the country's supreme legislative authority again. "We would like to go the way Russians went, - Lukashenko said. - Yes, the president must sign

a decree in case of recognition. But I would really like this issue to be discussed by people, so that our parliament discussed it. Then the president too will decide. We have long-term friendly relations with South Ossetia and particularly with Abkhazia".

Recently political circles started speaking that the vital topic would be reflected on the parliament's spring session agenda but the matter remains frozen. However Alexander Lukashenko's latest statement suggests that the president recommends to the parliament to consider recognition of the South Caucasian republics.

In the meantime Lukashenko received an invitation from the European Union to the Eastern Partnership summit to be held in May. According to the invitation to the Belarusian leader was handed by Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg who in February threatened Minsk with "serious problems" in case Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's independence were recognized. Then the president offered a worthy reply to Europe stating he would not allow anyone to keep Belarus on the hook. By the way, a while later the European Union included Minsk into the "partnership" scheme without additional "advice".

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