Thursday, September 10, 2009

Venezuela Says It Will Recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia

Today's Daily Press Briefing at the U.S. State Department included a question to Assistant Secretary Philip J. Crowley on the announcement by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez that he would recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia.  The United States position is that these regions are part of Georgia.  Here is the transcript from today's press briefing: 

QUESTION: Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela, has said today he intends to recognize the two breakaway Georgian regions, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Any response to that reaction?
MR. CROWLEY: Well, we continue to believe, as do the vast majority of countries around the world, that South Ossetia and Abkhazia are part of Georgia, and that the solution is not recognizing their independence, but first stabilize the situation and then facilitating their reintegration into recognized Georgia. That Russia has found one country plus the Nicaraguan legislature to recognize the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia underscores how isolated that view is.
QUESTION: I think they also have Hamas.
MR. CROWLEY: Doesn’t change what I just said.
QUESTION: And is it not just – it’s not – it’s only the legislature in Nicaragua? It’s --
MR. CROWLEY: I believe so.


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'The International Legal Status of the Republic of Abkhazia In the Light of International Law'. Paper read at the conference “Independence of Abkhazia and Prospects for the Caucasus” organized by the Friends of Abkhazia Civil Initiative. Istanbul, Bilgi University, 30 May 2009.

Dr. Viacheslav A. Chirikba
Foreign Policy Adviser to the President of the Republic of Abkhazia: Dept. of Geopolitics, Centre for Strategic Studies, Sukhum, Republic of Abkhazia: Chief negotiator, the Abkhaz delegation to the EU, UN & OSCE sponsored "Geneva Discussions" (Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Georgia, Russia, US, EU, OSCE, UN). (2008)
PhD in 1996, Leiden University, The Netherlands.

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Posted by: Glenn | Sep 12, 2009 2:24:04 AM

I am glad that Chavez did not recognize Stalin's borders. Abkhazia In 1921 Abkhazia was proclaimed a Soviet Republic, and the Georgian Revolutionary Committee recognized the independence of the Soviet Socialist Republic of Abkhazia. Stalin by Georgian origin (aka Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili) made it a part of the Georgian SSR in 1931.

I am wondering is it legal? Why the western world supporting Stalin's borders?

Posted by: Alis Mendez | Sep 12, 2009 2:28:05 AM

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