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Peru “example” for Ukraine2010-05-03 11:07
Georgia is not worried about Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's recognition by other states thinking that Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich's statements on necessity to work out new international approaches to settlement of frozen conflicts must be treated with calm. Besides Georgian diplomats were pleased by Peru's decision not to consider a proposal made by the opposition Nationalist party on recognition of independence of Transcaucasian republics.
Recently the mass media were actively discussing possible recognition of Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's independence by Ukraine in light of thaw between Kiev and Moscow. Such forecasts were accelerated by Viktor Yanukovich's statement in the follow-up to the meeting with Council of Europe Secretary General Turbjern Jagland.
"We categorically oppose the practice of double standards believing that in this situation it is the right time to determine criteria under which territories with frozen conflicts might acquire independence, as well as approaches providing for localization of these conflicts, - expertclub.ge quotes. Yanukovich added that Kiev was ready to support the process toward adequation of democratic values as well as rights of people residing in territories with frozen conflicts.
Yanukovich's statement, widely quoted, was interpreted by many as a signal that Ukraine might become the first CIS state that understands Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's craving for sovereignty.
However only a few remember that a month ago the Ukrainian leader officially refused to recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states explaining that he can't accept policy of double standards.
"I was against the policy of double standards. When the issue of Kosovo's independence was discussed I said these are double standards toward Serbia which will surely have a negative effect on other territories with frozen conflicts in the near future, - the Ukrainian president remarked. It was in March that Yanukovich expressed certainty that the UN should work out unique criteria on the status of South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Kosovo for the first time.
Maybe this is why Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not fuss over Yanukovich's statements despite turmoil in world media. As Deputy FM Minister Nino Kalandadze said Tbilisi and Kiev are strategic allies, and partner relations are not subject to reconsideration with the new president. "We do not think these statements must be taken so emotionally. Ukraine is Georgia's partner and it supports Georgia's sovereignty", - Kalandadze added.