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Nauru – Abkhazia’s new friend

16.12.2009  |  19:08

4876.jpegA few days after the presidential election in Abkhazia one more state - Nauru - recognized the country's independence. The agreement on establishment of diplomatic relations was signed between two Foreign Ministries today in Sukhum. Meanwhile Tbilisi keeps crossing swords over "restoration of territorial integrity" and works out a new strategy on Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Information on new recognition was newswired a few days ago. Georgian media sniped that another micro state was ready to recognize Abkhazia.


For fairness's sake it should be mentioned that the Republic of Nauru is a micro state on the cognominal coral island in the Western Pacific with 14,000 people on 21.3 square kilometers. The country's independence was proclaimed in 1968.

Nauru is a member to the South Pacific Committee and the Pacific Islands Forum. Diplomatic relations between Nauru and the USSR were established on December 30 1987.

Kiren Keke, the country's FM declared intention to join the countries that recognized independence of young Caucasian republics last weekend in Tskhinval.

With reference to Kommersant many news agencies remark the decision was taken after negotiations with Russian FM Sergey Lavrov. One of the topics of the talks was Moscow's financial aid to Nauru.

At any events this is a nice present to Abkhazia that held its first presidential election as an independent state. Nauru was the fourth state that recognized its independence. Following August events Russia was the first to recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Then Nicaragua and Venezuela established diplomatic ties with Abkhazia in September 2009.

European states and the USA repeatedly confirmed their stand on Georgia's territorial integrity refusing to recognize young Caucasian republics under any circumstances.

By the way the EU called the presidential election in Abkhazia illegitimate. On December 14 Sweden, current EU chairing country disseminated a special statement underscoring the EU's readiness to take note of December 12 voting but refusing to consider Abkhazia an independent state and continuing to back Georgia's "territorial integrity and sovereignty".

Official Tbilisi makes good use of this position. Last week the Georgian government started working out a new strategy on Abkhazia and South Ossetia. It is unknown yet what the strategy is about. Georgian media report that experts are involved in the activity.

According to Mamuka Areshidze, a famous conflictologist, "if this strategy is reasonably financed and is interesting to the other party this plan will surely work". He also says that at the meeting it was highlighted that the information work should be enhanced and the so-called information war should be intensified.

A phrase comes to mind: dear sirs, we've seen it all before! And what's the result? But hardly will Tbilisi reconsider its attitude to the neighboring countries and work out new methods of interaction.

Areshidze also remarked: "A special attention should be paid to the so called depressive regions, i.e. villages adjacent to the conflict zones with the population having difficulty to understand the limits of their territory and constantly trespassing the border".

God grant that the expert's words be heard to decrease the number of conflict situations and free people from non-negotiability between politicians. This is also true for the sensational story with the teenagers arrested by the South Ossetian law-enforcement authorities,fishermen and woodcutters that can't puzzle out where "friends" and "enemies" are.

Paradoxically the Georgian politicians make no comments on Abkhazia's recognition by a new state. Remarkably in summer The Labor Party of Georgia warned: the collapse of Georgia is getting "irreversible" and the country authorities "think only about their seats". The phrase was reiterated by Shalva Natelashvili, the Labor Party leader at today's press conference, VZGLYAD reports.

According to him a number of countries are preparing recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. "In the near future Bolivia, Venezuela, Cuba, Honduras, Ecuador and other states will recognize Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's independence", - Shalva Natelashvili warned.

Apprehensions of the Labor Party came true. Official Tbilisi again stakes at the information war. But as the expert notes the position of Europe and the USA that stick to Georgia's "territorial integrity" is not really that unshakeable.

According to Corey Velta, professor of the Georgetown University, if in future Washington preserves its non-recognition stand on South Ossetia and Abkhazia Barack Obama will nevertheless reckon with Russia's position and its presence in the young republics", - Rosbalt reports.

"For the USA "reset" with Russia remains a foreign policy priority but Washington is trying to sustain balance with Georgia too, - he remarked. - The Obama administration has unmasked the Rose Revolution in Georgia understanding that since 2003 democracy in the country has remained week".


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