World Bulletin / News Desk
NATO has announced that it does not recognize the ‘head of state’ in Abkhazia after Monday’s election in the former Georgian and breakaway republic.
Opposition leader Raul Khadjimba has claimed victory in Abkhazia’s presidential election, garnering 50.57 percent of the vote, according to preliminary results.
The region has been unilaterally independent from Georgia since 1999.
In a written statement, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday: "This election situation in Georgia does not contribute to finding a peaceful and lasting solution."
Noting that NATO allies do not recognize the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states, Rasmussen said that NATO supports the territorial integrity and sovereign borders of Georgia.
Abkhazia, a self-declared independent state, is a disputed area between Russia and Georgia. It is recognized by Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Nauru. Moscow recognized the independence of the Georgian breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia after a six-day war with Georgia in 2008.
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