CIS notified of Georgia's plans

MINSK, Belarus, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- The Commonwealth of Independent States said Tuesday it has officially received Georgia's notice it is seceding from the organization of former Soviet republics.

The CIS Executive Committee said the organization's charter outlines the procedure for a nation to leave the bloc. A statement said a member-state must notify the CIS about its decision to quit the organization 12 months before secession, Itar-Tass reported.

CIS Executive Committee Chairman Sergei Lebedev has said Georgia's decision to leave the organization, headquartered in Minsk, Belarus. He called Georgia's decision to secede unfortunate.

"This decision will have negative consequences, above all, for Georgia and its citizens," Lebedev said. "That country remains connected to the other CIS countries by thousands of threads in the economic and humanitarian fields."

He added that Georgia is a party to many important international agreements signed in the CIS framework.

"I would like Tbilisi to realize a destructive character of such plans," Lebedev said.



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