Georgia rejects Kosovo precedent for its separatist regions

Georgia rejects Kosovo precedent for its separatist regions
# 27 February 2007 10:29 (UTC +04:00)
Georgia’s President Mikhail Saakashvili rejected comparisons between Kosovo’s bid for independence and the fate of two breakaway Georgian regions, APA’s Georgia bureau reports. Georgia’s president Mikhail Saakashvili held joint press conference with Javier Solana, EU High Representative in Brussels, Belgium.
"I think these parallels that have been drawn by some people in the international arena are based sometimes on ignorance and sometimes from the fact that they have their own narrow political ends," he told said.
Saakashvili said separatist groups had thrown out the majority of citizens from South Ossetia and Abkhazia, meaning there was no comparison with the situation in Kosovo, where the Albanian-speaking majority seeks independence from Serbia.
Saakashvili expressed confidence that talks with the separatists would solve the problem.
Solana reiterated the bloc’s support for Georgia’s territorial integrity and praised economic and political reforms undertaken by under Saakashvili.
He said the EU was ready to help resolve the problem of the breakaway regions./APA/
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