Minsk emissaries report on Caucasian tour18.12.2009 | 14:40
Belarusian parliamentarians have made up a report on their trip to Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The document will soon be submitted to both chambers of Belarus parliament. Nonetheless deputies postponed decision on recognition of young republics' independence till springtime session. While Minsk is thinking Nauru joins the list of countries respecting sovereignty of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and politologists think about other states that have good news in store for Sukhum and Tskhinval.
Belarus parliament working groups that were on a trip to Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia in November made an eloquent presentation of their journey expatiating in praise which looked more like the saying that every bird likes its own nest.
Chairman of the Permanent Commission for National Security of the Lower Chamber of Belarus parliament Viktor Guminsky told about tranquility in Georgia and economic and cultural cooperation planned between Minsk and Tbilisi. Chairman of the standing committee on legislation and state building of the National Assembly of Belarus saw all attributes of a modern state in Abkhazia and Vladimir Kuzhanov, deputy chairman of the Permanent Commission for the International Affairs and Relations with the CIS noted that the parliament feels it necessary to set up most friendly relations with South Ossetia.
Apparently the kind-heartedness of the Belarus guests passed onto Abkhaz and South Ossetian officials that were assuring their colleagues they were not going to press Minsk for recognition of the young republics. Speaker of People's Assembly of Abkhazia Nugzar Ashuba speculated on acquisition of the long-awaited independence and President of South Ossetia Edward Kokoyty told Minsk delegation that recognition process should not be hastened.
Back home in good humor the deputies started working out a report on their trip. Soon positive mood of the parliamentarians vanished replaced by suspicion: deputy Sergey Maskevich stated that most probably the report by the working group will not be public since his colleagues don't want to "show off" their trip.
However after less than a month the Belarusian visitors presented a general report on their trip to Tbilisi, Sukhum and Tskhinval. The document details will be made public at the springtime session of parliament where the deputies promised to make another review of Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's recognition issue.
Nonetheless it is still not clear why the working group from Minsk went to Caucasus in November if the young republics' sovereignty was supposed to be on agenda only in spring. It seems Belarus parliament could put an end to the recognition story this year given that the supreme legislative body had almost a month (from November 20 to December 18) to prepare a follow-up of the trip. Still the finalization of the report was made exactly by the end of the autumn session of parliament. Belarus is still not ready to solve the issue.
Authorities of Nauru island populated by 14,000 people seem to think in simpler terms. The micro state recognized Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's independence early this week in company with Russia, Nicaragua and Venezuela.
Sure it would be naïve to compare Nauru and Belarus on a number of reasons. The main reason is that the recognition of the Transcaucasian republics by an ex-USSR state might be an example for other states that closely cooperate with Russia.
By the way the question which post-Soviet state would follow Nauru's example is now actively discussed by politologists. For instance Maxim Minayev, expert of the Center for Political Conjuncture believes Sukhum and Tskhinval can be recognized by Armenia and Kazakhstan in addition to Belarus.
Well, time will show if Abkhazia and South Ossetia will greet delegations from Yerevan and Astana. Minsk has gained time again and is good at maneuvering between yes and no. But it seems everyone's used to that.
Positive dynamics of Russian-Belarus relations were stimulated by the recent meeting of the two leaders celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Treaty on Creation of a Union State that defined strategic relations between the two allies.
Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko stated in Moscow that the Union State is not extinct and has good prospects. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev expressed his opinion that years since the establishment of the RF-Belarus Union State had not been wasted though the countries had progressed slowly - not the way it was desired.
It is not impossible that in spring Belarus parliamentarians will eventually get back to their duty as an ally and the topic of Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's recognition will eventually be closed.