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South Ossetia's leader says recognition may come "this year"

he leader of the de facto independent breakaway Georgian republic of South Ossetia said on Wednesday that some countries may recognize the republic’s sovereignty later this year.Eduard Kokoity also said that a number of countries would also recognize Abkhazia, another breakaway Georgian republic, before the end of the year.”Some countries will recognize our republics [South Ossetia and Abkhazia]. I cannot rule out that some of them may do so later this year. Russia, however, will not necessarily be the first to recognize our independence,” Kokoity told the press after a meeting with Konstantin Kosachyov, head of the International Affairs Committee at the State Duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament. Full Story

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