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Leaders Of Separatist Regions Meet --> South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity (file photo) (ITAR-TASS) June 13, 2006 -- The leaders of Georgia's breakaway republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and Moldova's Transdniester met today in Abkhazia to stress their de facto independence.

Abkhazia's Sergei Bagapsh, South Ossetia's Eduard Kokoity, and Transdniester's Igor Smirnov are expected to issue a joint declaration when their two-day meeting ends on June 14.


Universal Principles?

President Putin at a Kremlin meeting in April (epa)

PUTIN SPEAKS OUT: During a January press conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin said there is a need for "universal principles" to settle "frozen" conflicts in the CIS. His comments came against the background of impending talks on the future status of Kosovo, which many predict will grant it a form of "conditional independence" from Serbia and Montenegro. As an ally of Serbia, Moscow has consistently opposed the idea of Kosovar independence. Putin's remarks suggest he may be shifting his position, but only if the principles applied to Kosovo are also applied to frozen conflicts in the former Soviet Union. If Kosovo can be granted full independence, he asked, why should we deny the same to Abkhazia and South Ossetia? (more)


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