Wednesday 27 August 2008

Joy in South Ossetia and Abkhazia

Huge celebrations are continuing in Abkhazia and South Ossetia after the recognition of their independent status by Russia. The euphoria remains in spite of the prospect of a long struggle to be recognised as sovereign states by the international community.

Even women have taken their firearms to celebrate and others went to show off their driving skills. People seem united as never before.“Thank the Lord that we are finally recognised after all this bloodshed and genocide,” a local priest said.The celebrations in both capitals are expected to last for at least a few more days.“All Champaign and vodka is sold out. Today is a great holiday. Only one bottle remains – it’s for us to celebrate!” a saleswoman in a local shop said.Traditional horns of wine were also dried out at the central square of Tskhinval.The republics are now looking to an independent future following Russia's recognition of their status and are calling on the international community to recognise them as well.

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