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Tskhinval and Sukhum: independence, one year on2009-08-26 17:43
It's a day off today in Sukhum and Tskhinval. People of the two new republics are celebrating a historical event - exactly a year ago Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the decree on recognition of South Ossetia's and Abkhazia's independence. The capitals of two new South Caucasian states are organizing festivities.
On August 26 2008 the event Abkhazia and South Ossetia had been long waiting for finally happened. The nations' strive for independence and autonomy was eventually recognized on an international level. "With due regard for self-determination of the Ossetian and Abkhazian nations, guided by the provisions of the UN Charter, 1970 Declaration On Principles Of International Law Friendly Relations, 1975 SCCE Helsinki Final Act and other fundamental documents I have signed the decrees on Russia's recognition of South Ossetia's and Abkhazia's independence", - President Dmitry Medvedev stated then. - This is not an easy choice but this is the only chance to save people's lives".
A year after Dmitry Medvedev highlighted that under conditions South Ossetian and Abkhazian people were then no other solution could be possible. "I don't regret this decision, - RIA Novosti quotes the president. - I consider it legitimate in terms of international law, reasonable and absolutely necessary. That's why for our country this decision is irrevocable and we will adhere to it".
The past year showed that in that tricky situation Moscow's decision was the only right one. Last summer relations between Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia reached the peak of crisis. As it turned out Tbilisi's peaceful co-existence with Sukhum and Tskhinval was no more possible. There were two options: to let Mikheil Saakashvili settle ancient contradictions by force thus unleashing new bloodshed in the Caucasus or save the indigenous nations from extermination. Russia chose the second alternative and the republics never cease to thank it for this tough decision.
"Recognition of our independence gave the people of South Ossetia confidence in peaceful future, - RSO leader Edward Kokoyty is quoted by Interfax. - We are enormously grateful to the Russian people and Russian leadership for support". On the first anniversary of this crucial event Abkhaz President Sergey Bagapsh emphasized that recognition of independence had given his people confidence in the future. "We will always be with Russia as its reliable stronghold on southern boundaries", - he said. - Abkhazia will build strategic relations with Russia".