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President of Belarus regrets Georgia’s withdrawal from CIS2009-08-20 17:19
Alexander Lukashenka, the President of Belarus, regrets Georgia's quitting the CIS [Commonwealth of Independent States] and expressed hope that sooner or later the state will be back to the Commonwealth - Interfax.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"It causes regret, I think it's a mistake of the Georgian government," he said. Lukashenka is sure that the CIS members will hail Georgia's return.
He supposed that "time will pass, wounds will cicatrize, and Georgia will be back to the CIS". At the same time he mentioned it's "formal quitting" alluding to Georgian leader's statements on the obligations of agreements reached within CIS framework the country would still fulfill.
Previously Georgia Times reported that that since August 18th 2009 Georgia is the CIS member no longer. After its walkout from the Commonwealth, Tbilisi will be able to continue to participate in about 70 treaties, the press service informed. As for the treaties and decisions effective only for CIS members, they shall not apply to Georgia as of August 18, 2009. The list of such documents includes over 400 titles.
The decision to quit CIS was initiated by the Georgian government, on Mikheil Saakashvili's order, on August 12th 2008. On August 14th 2008 the Parliament of Georgia unanimously voted for withdrawal from three core agreements in the framework of CIS. On August 18, 2008 the Georgian Foreign Ministry notified the CIS Executive of the country's decision to sever ties with the CIS.