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Russia. Nicaragua. Congo?2009-01-26 17:13
The Democratic Republic of Congo is likely to recognize independence of Abkhazia. This became know after the meeting between Congo's Ambassador to Russia Moiz Kabaku Muchail and president Sergey Bagapsh in Sukhum on January 21.
"I am happy, - Kavkazsky uzel is quoting Muchail - to be here today and grateful to the president of Abkhazia for his invitation to visit this beautiful country. In spite of my work load and a compressed timetable I willingly accepted the invitation and came here. I believe in the future this will contribute to the strengthening of relations between the democratic republic of Congo and the republic of Abkhazia".
Sergey Bagapsh in his turn expressed readiness on behalf of his country to build up friendly relations with all states willing to cooperate with the republic. "We have all opportunities for this", - he concluded.
It stands to reason that soon another state might enter a very short list of countries that recognized Abkhazia's (and South Ossetia's) independence. In this case the list will represent all four parts of the world - Europe, Asia, America and Africa.
It will be remembered that Russia was the first country who recognized the independence of the two republics. In early September it was followed by Nicaragua. In October Somali nearly joined them. Then at the press conference in Moscow the Ambassador of this country Mohamed Handule emphasized:
"Somali totally approves of Russia's actions in the Caucasus and supports the right of Abkhazian people to self-determination, - he was quoted by Kommersant. - In a very short time our government will get down to creating diplomatic relations with South Ossetia, Georgia and Abkhazia".
Nothing has been heard from Somali ever since. Probably stating a possibility to recognize the South Caucasian republics they wanted to impress Moscow - at the time of his visit Handule expressed a wish of his country to cooperate with Russia in military and technical sphere and even handed over an official permission for conduct of anti-pirate operations in Somali territorial waters and ashore by Russian ships.
The situation was repeated a month later. In November the leader of Lebanon's parliamentary majority Saad Khariri in his interview with "Vremya Novostey" stated that the issue of recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia would be solved at the high state level adding: "We will form contacts with these republics in the nearest future. The Lebanese know by themselves what a situation they had to overcome as Lebanon is a small country under threat too".