Monday, 10 November 2008

Lebanon may recognize Ossetia, Abkhazia

Press Tv

Lebanon will establish relations with South Ossetia and Abkhazia and may recognize the two regions as independent states in the near future.

"The recognition issue will be solved at the highest state level,” Russia's Vremya Novostei daily quoted Saad Hariri head of the Lebanese parliamentary majority as saying.

Lebanon would be the third country to honor the independence drive, should Beirut go ahead with the move.

“But we will fine-tune contacts with South Ossetia and Abkhazia now. For example, delegations of our businessmen will leave for there soon," Hariri added according to Vremya Novostei daily.

Georgia attacked South Ossetia on August 7 in an attempt to re-establish its rule over the republic which broke away from Tbilisi in early 1990s.

Having fended off the Georgian invasion, Russia acknowledged the independence of both republics on August 26. The move was followed by Nicaragua later in August.

"Russians were taking measures to protect their citizens and local residents in South Ossetia…. Russia is one of the states which in no way wants to get involved in military conflicts," Hariri added.

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