US Senate recognizes Abkhazia, South Ossetia

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Date : Sat, 6 Aug 2011 10:23:08 PDT US Senate recognizes Abkhazia, South Ossetia 10:47 - 01.08.11 The US Senate unanimously passed on July 29 a resolution supporting Georgia's territorial integrity and recognizing Abkhazia and South Ossetia as regions `occupied by the Russian Federation', Civil Georgia reported.
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The US Senate unanimously passed on July 29 a resolution supporting
Georgia's territorial integrity and recognizing Abkhazia and South
Ossetia as regions `occupied by the Russian Federation', Civil Georgia
reported.

The resolution, S RES 175, was sponsored by Democratic Senator Jeanne
Shaheen and Republican Senator Lindsay Graham. The both Senators are
co-chair of Georgia Task Force at the US think-tank Atlantic Council -
a bipartisan group aimed at promoting policy debate on Georgia.

`Today, the Senate spoke with one voice in support of Georgia's
territorial integrity,' Senator Shaheen said on July 29.`While I am
pleased by the Senate's action and the clear message we are sending to
Georgia and the Russian Federation, the situation there remains
fragile and unresolved, as Russian troops are still occupying
Georgia's Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions.'

Georgia's ambassador to the United States, Temur Yakobashvili, praised
the resolution.

`This document is a very solid and firm foundation for de-occupation
of the Georgian territories,' Yakobashvili said.

The approved resolution is slightly amended from its initial draft,
which was first referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
in December, 2010; but in essence the document remains the same,
calling on Russia to withdraw troops to pre-August, 2008 war
positions.

In one of the amendments the final text changes term `de facto' in
reference to the authorities in breakaway regions with `the
authorities in control in the regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia'-
a wording used by the Georgian government in its State Strategy on
Occupied Territories.

Among other amendments introduced in the final text are references to
some of the new developments, which have taken place since December,
such as remarks by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the April
15, 2011 meeting in Berlin between the Foreign Ministers of NATO and
Georgia in which she said that she shared Georgia's concerns regarding
`recent Russian activities that can negatively affect regional
stability.' The draft also makes a reference to the Russian Foreign
Minister's visits to Sokhumi and Tskhinvali in April.

The resolution affirms that it is `the policy of the United States to
support the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of
Georgia and the inviolability of its borders, and to recognize
Abkhazia and South Ossetia as regions of Georgia occupied by the
Russian Federation.'

It calls on Moscow, Tskhinvali and Sokhumi to allow for the full and
dignified return of internally displaced persons and international
missions to Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

The resolution also says that the Senate `supports peaceful,
constructive engagement and confidence-building measures between the
Government of Georgia and the authorities in control in South Ossetia
and Abkhazia and encourages additional people-to-people contacts.'

`[The Senate] affirms that finding a peaceful resolution to the
conflict is a key priority for the United States in the Caucasus
region and that lasting regional stability can only be achieved
through peaceful means and long-term diplomatic and political dialogue
between all parties,' the resolution says.

The Georgian authorities have been actively lobbying for this type of
resolution, that would refer to Abkhazia and South Ossetia as occupied
regions, in Washington and other western capitals, describing the
effort as part of `de-occupation policy'.

Georgian parliamentary committee for foreign relations sent in April,
2010 a request to lawmakers from 31 countries to `declare the two
Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as being territories
under Russian occupation and recognise the ethnic cleansing committed
by Russia' in those territories.
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Jeez, I wonder when their Kosovo declaration is due.
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In 1999, Washington arm-twisted the UN to pass UN Resolution 1244, which recognized Serbian territorial integrity (same as they now do for Georgia), as a hurried exit from a war that in spite of an air campaign reduced to targeting civilian infrastructure, contrary to the Geneva Convention, were still in danger of losing to constitutional limits of presidential powers.

And we all know what happened to UN Resolution 1244.

So - to answer your point, whatever international decrees the Senate passes is, frankly, inconsequential by virtue of precedent.

Best they tend to saving the country from bankruptcy and stay out of what they know little of.

Pardon the slip, seems they know little of staving off bankruptcy as well.
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So - to answer your point, whatever international decrees the Senate passes is, frankly, inconsequential by virtue of precedent.

(to be more accurate - by virtue of judicial estoppel, also known as estoppel by inconsistent positions).

You can read up on the concept at your leisure:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judicial_estoppe...
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The president also denied that Russia might annex South Ossetia. Speculation began to swirl last week after Putin admitted that such a move would be possible if it reflected the will of the South Ossetians.

"There is no legal basis for it at the moment," Medvedev said.

Medvedev also took a swipe at the U.S. Senate, which adopted a resolution last week calling on Russia to withdraw its troops from South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

"This is a foreign parliament, and it is their own business," Medvedev said of the Senate resolution, which he described as being driven by "the views of some of its senile members."

"I don't care about their rhetoric," he said.
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Haha, "Senile members". He's got them pegged, alright. Our very own Politburo.

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