Venezuela Backs Independence for Abkhazia and South Ossetia

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez assured Abkhazian President Sergei Bagapsh and President of the Republic of South Ossetia Eduard Kokoity last week that Venezuela would play its part in their push to achieve full international recognition as states.

Caracas, July 27, 2010 (venezuelanalysis.com)– Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez assured Abkhazian President Sergei Bagapsh and President of the Republic of South Ossetia Eduard Kokoity last week that Venezuela would play its part in their push to achieve full international recognition as states.

Chavez promised both countries that he would formally establish diplomatic relations with each of them and said, “It was a very important day for the international relations of the Bolivarian Republic,” calling both Abkhazia and South Ossetia “new republics that are working hard for their development.”

Until 2008, Abkhazia and South Ossetia were unsettled autonomous regions of Georgia, a former state in the old Soviet Union.

Both declared their independence after an armed conflict with Russia supporting their secession. Russian troops are on the ground in both regions.

Chavez has voiced support for the independence of both states several times since 2008, arguing that promoting the independence of both states is a crucial part of the creation of a multi-polar world and the fight against US imperialism.

“It’s what Simon Bolivar the liberator called the equilibrium of the universe, that guarantees the peace.”

Bagapsh said, “We hope that this visit helps us be recognised elsewhere as an independent republic. Before recognizing Abkhazia, countries must get to know its history as a nation. This is not an easy task. We think that the charisma of leaders like Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and his Nicaraguan counterpart Daniel Ortega has helped that step, so that other governments follow their example, since millions of people in the world believe in them, even if they don’t like the U.S.

In describing his nation, he said, “It is not a big country, but it has very beautiful countryside. The people that live there won their independence with arms in their hands, against enemies that were greater in number.”

“We express our enormous gratitude to the Bolivarian Republic for its support and I’d like to tell the Venezuelan people that we will be faithful allies in every way, and that, in a world as difficult and unpredictable as the one now, is one of the greatest values.”

Kokoity also thanked Venezuela and offered words of support for the resolution of the diplomatic disaccord between Venezuela and Colombia, but saying that “third countries must not interfere in neighbouring countries,” a swipe at the US involvement in Colombia.

Chavez expressed his hope that Latin American countries would in the end follow Venezuela and Nicaragua’s lead.

“I’m sure we, together with Abkhazia and South Ossetia, will be able to build strong relations with Latin American nations such as Paraguay, Uruguay, Cuba, Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil and Argentina,” he said.

Chavez also pointed out that they had also made commitments to cooperate in the economic arena to “promote cooperation in areas like energy, agriculture, economy, trade, infrastructure, transport, culture, environment, health, science and technology.”

Venezuela first announced the recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in September last year but this is the first time practical plans have been put in place.