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Recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia: three is not a crowd2008-12-17 12:06
In the future Byelorussia might join two countries, Russia and Nicaragua that recognized Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's independence. It was stated by the Chairman of People's Assembly of Abkhazia Nugzar Ashuba who is now in Minsk as a monitor at the 35th session of the parliamentary assembly of the Union of Russia and Belarus.
Apparently this statement is based on Byelorussia's president's Alexander Lukashenko's recent interview with the "France Presse" agency in which he was positive about Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's strive for independence. He also commented on the addresses of official Sukhum and Tskhinval with requests of recognition of sovereignty of the two republics to the House of Representatives of Byelorussia's National Assembly.
"We would like to go the same way Russians went, - Lukashenko stated. - Yes, the president can sign a decree if it is recognition. But I would like this subject to be considered by the people. Our parliament must discuss it. Then it will be up to the President to decide. We have a long-term friendship with South Ossetia and especially with Abkhazia."
"Recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia is a concern of the Byelorussian people, the President and Parliament. We believe in friendship between people, in our colleagues - the deputies. I trust the states will sooner or later be recognized and we look forward to it", - RIA-Novosti agency is quoting Nugzar Ashuba.
At the end of September right after the parliamentary elections in Byelorussia Sergey Bagapsh and Edward Kokoyty discussed the issue of recognition of Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's independence with Alexander Lukashenko. Byelorussia's president said then that the problem should be solved on the level of CSTO member states (Collective Security Treaty Organization comprising Armenia, Byelorussia, Kazakhstan, Kirgizia, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan). However this idea was not supported.
Now this issue will be considered by Byelorussian parliament. The Speaker of Lower House -The House of Representatives - Vladimir Andreychenko confirmed that the Byelorussian parliament was considering applications for recognition of independence from South Ossetian and Abkhazian national parliaments.