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Georgian Lawmakers Adopt Resolution Reaffirming Western Course

The Georgian Parliament has reaffirmed the country's commitment to its European and Euro-Atlantic foreign-policy course.

In a bipartisan resolution passed unanimously late on March 8, lawmakers said Georgia should not have "diplomatic relations or be in a military, political, customs alliance" with a state that recognizes the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

The two Georgian breakaway republics have been recognized by Moscow and a few other states following a five-day war between Russia and Georgia in August 2008.

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, whose party was defeated by Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili’s coalition in October parliamentary elections, has accused Ivanishvili's cabinet of being pro-Russian and giving up Georgia's pro-Western course.

With reporting by and Interfax