Ecuador ready for recognition?18.08.2011 | 17:38
A number of Georgian mass media report on Ecuador's readiness to recognize Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's independence in the near future. The press refers to president Rafael Correa's statement allegedly made on his visit to Moscow that this step would facilitate "equilibrium of international relationships and consolidation between countries". GeorgiaTimes discussed possibilities of extension of the list of states recognizing the right of Abkhazians and South Ossetians to sovereignty with representatives of Transcaucasian republics and Russian experts.
republics and Russian experts.
Ecuador has repeatedly been mentioned in the press in context of possible recognition of Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's independence. Late in 2009 mass media wrote about the South American country's readiness to support Tskhinval and Sukhum with reference to president Rafael Correa. It was emphasized that if the young Transcaucasian republics issued a request, the question would be definitely put to discussion. Later this information was confirmed by then Abkhaz FM Sergey Shamba. According to the diplomat, at that time of deputy FM Maxim Gvinjia's visits, Ecuadorian counterparts did promise to consider Sukhum's official address in most detail. The address, by the way, was submitted in autumn 2009.
Yet, there was no recognition then. Though already in spring 2010 Maxim Gvinjia, now heading the ministry of foreign affairs of Abkhazia, reported that not only Ecuador, but also Bolivia were up to recognizing independence of this Transcaucasian republic", - he remarked adding that sometimes the Abkhaz situation is compared with problems of secessionists in Bolivia, but the country's leadership has studied the issue carefully and is fully aware that this comparison is unacceptable with reference to Sukhum.
Neither Bolivia, nor Ecuador have joined in the list of countries that recognized the right of two republics to sovereignty. However this week some Georgian media reported that at the time of a visit to Moscow, Ecuadorian leader Rafael Correa hinted that his country was ready to make a pleasant surprise to Tskhinval and Sukhum. The president says, as the press quotes, that this step will facilitate equilibrium of international relationships and consolidation between the countries.
In addition to that, as netgazeti.ge writes referring to La Hora Nacional, an Internet newspaper of Ecuador, in 1991 upon secession from the USSR Georgia occupied Abkhazia and South Ossetia and today neither Tbilisi nor Washington respect the desire and the right of two republics to be free and sovereign states neglecting the right of nations to self-determination. "Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili is an obstacle to setting peace and stability in the Caucasian region, while the USA and EU protect Georgia's territorial integrity illegally", - the author of the article believes.
Words sound true, don't they? The only question is when Rafael Correa was on a visit to Moscow. According to official information, he came in 2009 when talks about possible recognition of Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's independence began. Either Ecuadorian colleagues mix things up or it's problems of translation, or probably this "sensation" is Tbilisi's new trick.
Nonetheless, we got in touch with representatives of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and some Russian experts to have their comments on possibilities of recognition by Ecuador.
Abkhaz FM Maxim Gvinjia does not confirm rumors emphasizing that official Sukhum is pursuing diplomatic work with Ecuador. "We are constantly in contact with them, and this country will take a decision on independence recognition in accordance with its foreign policy priorities and national interests", - the diplomat said in an interview with GeorgiaTimes adding that many countries had been on the point of acknowledging Abkhazia's sovereignty before the USA interfered.
RSO president's plenipotentiary representative for post-conflict settlement Boris Chochiev told GeorgiaTimesthat he knew nothing about possible recognition remarking that Tskhinval would be grateful to Ecuador and other states that would join Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Nauru.
Sergey Demidenko, an expert at the Institute of Strategic Analysis and Evaluations believes this information must be thoroughly rechecked since even hypothetical modeling of the situation is difficult. Besides, our interlocutor thinks that to become ready for this act there has to be certain political will and a specific interest. Well, soon we will see if Ecuador has all that.