|Minsk is not even thinking of recognising the South Osetia and Abkhazia|
2009 04 02
The Parliament of Belarus is not planning so far to discuss the issue on recognising the independence of South Osetia and Abkhazia. However, corresponding addresses from the young Republics have reached the Deputies of the Parliament by the end of the previous year already.
On the eve of the opening of the spring session of the Parliament – on 2 April - the Deputies have discussed the draft agenda covering 34 issues.
Aleksandr Lukashenko has earlier disposed of the responsibility on recognising the sovereignty of South Osetia and Abkhazia by commissioning the Parliament to take decision. Subsequently, the accredited plenipotentiary Russian Ambassador in Minsk has been repeatedly reminding the authorities of Belarus, that Moscow is expecting the Parliament to address the issue. Recognition of independence of South Osetia and Abkhazia by Russia, which caused immediate dissatisfaction in the West, did not challenge Minsk forthwith, and Surikov was obliged to remind Belarus again about its liabilities to the union. However, Lukashenko restrained referring to the West from immediate recognition of independence of the two former Georgian territories, by suggesting to take a collective decision within the framework of ODKB, Reuters reminded.
Material has been prepared by the Centre for Geopolitical Studies with reference to the article from “Izvestija“ of 30 March 2009.