Thursday, 5 November 2009

Minsk to send commission on recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia to Caucasus region

MINSK, November 5 - Belarus plans to send a parliamentary commission to South Ossetia and Abkhazia to estimate a possibility of recognition of the two republics.

RIA Novosti informs about this referring to Syarhei Maskevich, the chairman of the International Affairs and CIS Relations Commission of the “house of representatives” of the “national assembly” of Belarus.

According to him, the commission consisting of ten MPs is to visit Tskhinval and Sukhum as well as Tbilisi.

As Maskevich explained, the Belarusian MPs and senators would study the situation to decide on whether Abkhazia and South Ossetia should be recognized.

The MPs would like to talk with the leadership of the republics and with ordinary people.

The Belarusian “parliament” is expected to study this opportunity next week.

Alyaksandr Lukashenka said earlier that “for moral reason”, Belarus should have supported Russia in recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia long ago, but couldn’t do this due to the pressure of the Russia media.

According to the president, some forces in Russia wanted Belarus to bow. “The mass media started a real targeting of us,” the Belarusian leader said on October 2.

Abkhazia and South Ossetia have been recognized only by Russia, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

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