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Lukashenko to take decision on recognizing Abkhazia and South Ossetia – deputy2010-11-11 17:46
Chairman of Committee for International Affairs and CIS Connections of House of Representatives of National Assembly of Byelorussia Sergey Maskevitch has stated that the decision on recognizing Abkhazia and South Ossetia by Minsk is to be taken by the president of the country.gt-en-newsitem-inside
According to RIA Novosti, Maskevitch said that the issue falls solely within the president's competence.
"After visiting Abkhazia, Ossetia and Georgia, the deputies submitted their report to the president and now the decision is up to him", - commission chairman added.
Let us remind you that President of Byelorussia Alexander Lukashenko has stated that the decision on recognizing Abkhazia and South Ossetia's independence should be taken at the Byelorussian parliament session; however, the issue was never put on the agenda.
It should also be noted that at the beginning of October, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in his video blog fiercely criticized Byelorussian leader Alexander Lukashenko's position on the recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
In Medvedev's opinion, Byelorussian government has demonstrated "an unconventional understanding of partnership relations" in the issue of recognizing South Ossetia and Abkhazia by Minsk as independent members of international community.
"I have repeatedly stated that it is a sovereign right of each country to recognize these two new states or not. We've never pressed upon anyone in this issue, though we do care about it. The president of Byelorussia acted in his five colleagues' presence; there is a relevant record in the CSTO meeting minutes. Afterwards the issue turned into a permanent object of political bargaining", - Dmitry Medvedev underlined.
Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in August 2008 after Georgia's aggression in respect of SO last August. RF's example was followed by three countries: Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Nauru.