Saturday, June 28, 2014

South Ossetia Recognizes Donetsk People's Republic Independence

South Ossetia Recognizes Donetsk People's Republic Independence


South Ossetia has recognized independence of the Donetsk People's Republic, South Ossetia's President Leonid Tibilov said to ITAR-TASS on Friday.

The Supreme Council (parliament) of the Donetsk People's Republic applied to the leaders of South Ossetia with a request to recognize the republic's independence, as they did in respect of the Luhansk People's Republic. On Friday, South Ossetia's Security Council considered this request and recognized the Donetsk People's Republic.

"I believe the recognition of the Donetsk republic is the right step," Tibilov told ITAR-TASS. "South Ossetia's people support and hail the decision to recognize Donetsk and Luhansk."



South Ossetia President Leonid Tibilov
South Ossetia President Leonid Tibilov
The South Ossetian president entrusted the republic’s foreign ministry to establish diplomatic relations with Donetsk.

South Ossetian Ambassador to Russia Dmitry Medoyev has received a delegation of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) led by DPR Supreme Council Chairman Denis Pushilin at the latter's request.

During the meeting, Pushilin handed an appeal to Medoyev addressed to South Ossetian President Leonid Tibilov and South Ossetian parliamentary Chairman Stanislav Kochiyev on recognizing the DPR's independence, Interfax reports.

Medoyev promised that the appeal would be immediately passed to Tibilov and Kochiyev. The parties also discussed the situation in the southeast of Ukraine and prospects for its peaceful settlement.

The same day, Medoyev received a delegation of the self-proclaimed Sub-Carpathian Rus Republic led by its Prime Minister Petro Hetsko, who also handed him an address to Tibilov on recognizing the republic's independence.

Tibilov had earlier signed a decree on recognizing the Luhansk People's Republic's independence after receiving a relevant request from the South Ossetian parliament.

Kochiyev had told Interfax on Thursday that no such a request had been received from the DPR.

"As soon as we receive such a request, we will be ready to make a constructive decision," he said.

Caucasian republic South Ossetia (focus of armed conflict between Russia and Georgia in 2008) has recognized results of the independence referendum in the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic (LNR), itself now the focus of fighting between secessionist activists and administration forces from Ukraine's capital, Kiev.

Also refer to: Lugansk launching negotiations to establish diplomatic relations with S Ossetia

"Respecting the expression of the will of the LNR people, our republic has recognized the results of the referendum," South Ossetian President Leonid Tibilov told ITAR-TASS on Tuesday.

Responding to the LNR Supreme Council request for recognition of its independence from Ukraine as a sovereign state, Tibilov said: "South Ossetia is ready to make a constructive decision and would be guided by universal norms of international law."

South Ossetia declared independence from Georgia in 2008. It has since been recognized as an independent state by Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Nauru and Tuvalu.


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