Sep 23, 2011

Russia manipulates Pacific Islands into recognizing occupied territories of Georgia

The tiny Pacific Republic of Tuvalu has become the sixth country to recognize Georgia`s occupied regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Russian media report.

The report has not been officially confirmed. Politicians in Tbilisi think the Kremlin is attempting to buy a vote of another tiny republic in return for its support.

Georgian politicians assume this on the basis of a case in 2009, when another tiny Pacific Republic of Nauru recognized the independence of Georgia`s occupied territories. About one week after the recognition, foreign media reported that Moscow bought Nauru`s vote for 50 million US dollars.

Tbilisi does not rule out that the false reports on Tuvalu`s recognition of the two occupied regions of Georgia have been released on purpose, because a few months ago similar reports regarding another tiny Republic of Vanuatu were also released, although in about a week the reports were denied as Vanuatu said it had not recognized the independence of Georgia`s occupied regions.

Independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia was first recognized by Russia in 2008, after the brief war between Georgia and Russia. Later, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Nauru also recognized the two regions.

We would like to point out that the independence of both territories of Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia are an absolute fake, because they happened after an ethnic cleansing of the Georgian population of these areas. The Georgian refugees from Abkhazia and South Ossetia are legitimate inhabitants of the regions. Without their vote, any independence of the regions is illegitimate. The international community still requires the Russian occupying army to retreat and to let the Georgian refugees return to their homes.

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