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Belarus to mull recognizing South Ossetia, Abkhazia in April
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08:49, January 23, 2009

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The Belarusian parliament will consider recognizing the independence of Georgia's breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia during its spring session, a senior Belarusian lawmaker said in Moscow Thursday.

"The issue is being discussed among members of the House of Representatives. The (final) decision will be made at a plenary session on April 2," Valery Ivanov, deputy speaker of the lower house of parliament, was quoted by the RIA Novosti news agency as saying.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko earlier said that if the parliament recognized the rebel republics' independence, he would "sign the appropriate document."

South Ossetia and Abkhazia broke from central Georgian rule in the early 1990s following the collapse of the former Soviet Union.

Russia recognized South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states on Aug. 26, 2008, two weeks after a brief war with Georgia, which had launched a sudden attack to reclaim South Ossetia. So far, only Nicaragua has followed suit.


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