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Non-recognition period is over for Abkhazia and South Ossetia

2011-05-04 13:45

Non-recognition period is over for Abkhazia and South Ossetia. 16608.jpegThe policy of non-recognition imposed on the world community by official Tbilisi loses support in the capitals of the world. In early April the European parliament de facto recommended that EU states acknowledge sovereignty of Georgia's former autonomies in its European Neighbourhood Policy Review. Ex USSR members are ready to follow the example of their western neighbors with local liberal democrats calling on official Minsk to recognize independence of Sukhum and Tskhinval.


Sergey Gaydukevich, chair of the Liberal Democratic Party of Belarus, announced that his party fellows plan to call the authorities of the country to recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia. He expressed confidence that the most favorable moment is here. "Soon Russia will be busy organizing elections; they will not look at us. We will lose this opportunity. And we could start a dialogue today", - the leader of Belarusian Liberal Democrats said.

A few months ago Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko would hardly have listened to the opinion of the opposition. (For three years he had been deaf to direct calls of the Kremlin to recognize Sukhum and Tskhinval, or Russia's discontent over the visa-free regime between Belarus and Georgia). Yet, the economic crisis that broke out in the country quickly put things in their right places. To support the failing regime Lukashenko badly needs money that can be borrowed nowhere except for Russia.

It's pointless to turn to Saakashvili: the Georgian leader himself is at his wits' end mending holes in the country's budget. Minsk knows it well, and in early March the chair of the parliamentary commission for international affairs and national security Nina Mazay stated that the National Assembly of Belarus is ready to immediately get back to consideration of sovereignty of Georgia's former autonomies.

The recent statement by the leader of Belarusian liberal democrats shows that the country's official authorities and the opposition have reached mutual understanding at least on this issue of international policy. Local democratic opposition that used to look up to the West starts to realize that only Russia will save the sinking ship of Belarusian economy. And here is Sergey Gaydukevich expressing confidence that Minsk will recognize independence of Tskhinval and Sukhum before the New Year.

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