Georgia regions mark 'independence'.8/26/2009 9:16:24 AM
Russia has called for international recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia South Ossetia: see Ossetia. , one year after formally acknowledging the two Georgian breakaway break·a·way
1. Designed to break, bend, or fall apart easily upon impact, especially to create an illusion, as with a theater prop, or for safety, as with a highway sign or barrier.
2. regions as independent states.
"The recognition ... by members of the international community ... will undoubtedly assist the long-term strengthening of peace and security in the region," Russia's foreign ministry said in a statement.
Anniversary celebrations are expected to be low-key in both regions on Wednesday, not extending beyond firework displays and speeches by local leaders.
Dmitry Medvedev Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev (Russian: Дмитрий Анатольевич Медведев; born September 14, 1965 in Leningrad), is a Russian , Russia's president, said Moscow's decision to recognise the two regions' independence was "irreversible irreversible (ir´ēvur´sebl),
adj incapable of being reversed or returned to the original state. ".
"I do not regret the decision," he said on Wednesday. "For our country, this decision is irreversible."
Medvedev announced Russia's recognition of the two territories as independent on August 26 last year, in the wake of his country's war with Georgia over the regions.
Only the left-wing government of Nicaragua Nicaragua is a constitutional democracy with executive, legislative, judicial, and electoral branches of government. The President of Nicaragua is both head of state and head of government. Executive power is exercised by the government. has joined Russia in recognising Abkhazia and South Ossetia's independence since then.
Moscow said its recognition was part of a bid to protect Russian citizens in the two provinces, which split from Georgia after fighting in the early 1990s.
But Georgia has said last year's war and Russia's recognition amount to the seizure Forcible possession; a grasping, snatching, or putting in possession.
In Criminal Law, a seizure is the forcible taking of property by a government law enforcement official from a person who is suspected of violating, or is known to have violated, the law. of its sovereign territory.
Abkhazia and South Ossetia continue to be beset be·set
tr.v. be·set, be·set·ting, be·sets
1. To attack from all sides.
2. To trouble persistently; harass. See Synonyms at attack.
3. by economic problems, despite injections of capital from Russia to rebuild the war-ravaged regions.
In South Ossetia, there has been mounting criticism over the slow pace of rebuilding amid allegations of corruption.
Both regions are home to thousands of Russian troops who patrol the borders with Georgia, where military tensions remain high.
War broke out between Russia and Georgia on August 7 2008, when Georgian forces launched an assault on South Ossetia following days of escalating violence.
Georgia, which insists the region remains an integral part of its territory, attempted to retake re·take
tr.v. re·took , re·tak·en , re·tak·ing, re·takes
1. To take back or again.
2. To recapture.
3. To photograph, film, or record again.
1. control of the region, including Abkhazia.
Russia fought back with a large-scale military operation into Georgia.
An EU-brokered ceasefire ended the conflict five days later, after several hundred people had been killed and thousands wounded.
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