Belarus Parliament may not debate recognition of Abkhazia, S. Ossetia inspring

MINSK. March 11 (Interfax) - Plans to recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states may not be placed on the agenda of the Belarusian Parliament's spring session.

"It is a delicate issue, which requires a comprehensive analysis and scrutiny," Valery Ivanov, deputy speaker of the Belarusian Parliament's Chamber of Representatives, told journalists on Wednesday.

Asked whether the issue of the republics' recognition can still be included in the agenda for the spring session, Ivanov said that it is possible.

The issue related to the Belarusian Parliament's possible debate on plans to recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia was not discussed during a visit of a delegation of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly led by its President Joao Soares to Belarus' National Assembly, head of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's working group on Belarus Uta Zapf told Interfax.

This matter was not discussed in parliament, but it was addressed in the Foreign Ministry, Zapf said.

It is quite a delicate topic, which influences stability in Europe, she said. The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly is interested in discussing this issue at various levels in Europe, she added.

Russia has offered a new European security strategy, which should be discussed by all of the parties concerned, Zapf said.



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