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Tuvalu’s hello from London2011-09-26 18:01
Tuvalu, a small island state lost in the Pacific, recognizes independence of Georgia's former autonomies - Abkhazia and South Ossetia as a "present" to Mikheil Saakashvili that delivered a whining speech to the UN General Assembly.
Though politically independent, this archipelago is the first state officially governed by the European monarch - Elizabeth II, the queen of Great Britain - of those recognizing Sukhum and Tskhinval. The inter-state agreement on establishment of diplomatic relations between Sukhum and Tuvalu was signed in Funafuti on September 18 with Sergey Shamba, head of Abkhaz government and Willy Telavi, Tulavian PM signing the document.
"We highly appreciate this friendly act. This is not an easy decision. We understand and we do esteem that. Influential forces oppose Abkhazia's worldwide recognition, - Sergey Shamba said at the ceremony of signing. - We are a small country too fighting to preserve our independence and seeking international recognition. As a result of tragic events of the past decades we have been recognized by the world's largest state, a UN Security council member and our neighbor - Russia. Then other countries joined in: Venezuela, Nicaragua, Nauru, Vanuatu, and we believe that the number of these states will grow".
The next day a similar document was signed between the VIP guest from the Pacific and South Ossetian president Edward Kokoyty in Tskhinval.
"We thank Mr. Telavi for a courageous and decisive act. The decision of Tuvalu's leadership is a serious step against the policy of double standards that many countries of the world are suffering from", - the South Ossetian leader remarked adding that the "process of international recognition of South Ossetia is irreversible".
Since the information that two Caucasian states were recognized by a new country appeared only today when Mikheil Saakashvili was pouring banana oil in ears of UN General Assembly members, it was David Darechiashvili, one of the leaders of parliamentary majority, to put up a brave front.
He did his best to convince journalists and citizens of Georgia that this recognition will not be "another problem for Georgia", as if he was arguing with somebody. Certainly, it is not a problem: it is no more of Georgia's concern. These are two completely different states.