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East: In Post-Soviet Breakaway Regions, Eyes Look Longingly To Kosovo

The ink has hardly dried on Kosovo’s independence declaration. The celebrations have barely abated in the streets of Pristina. And already, reactions are flowing from frozen conflict zones in the former Soviet Union as if on cue.Eduard Kokoity, the leader of Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia, said he intended to petition the United Nations and the CIS for independence from Georgia, arguing that his separatist enclave had “a stronger case” for statehood than Kosovo.Sergei Bagapsh, president of a second Georgian breakaway region, Abkhazia, said he plans to make a similar appeal, adding “the situation with Kosovo is a precedent.”
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