Thursday, September 10, 2009
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.