Pacific island Nauru recognises Abkhazia

The tiny Pacific island of Nauru on Tuesday recognised the Russian-backed region of Abkhazia as independent, Russian state-run news agencies reported.

Pacific island Nauru recognises Abkhazia

The tiny Pacific island of Nauru on Tuesday recognised the Russian-backed region of Abkhazia as independent, Russian state-run news agencies reported.

Russia has been trying to secure international recognition for the regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which most of the world regard as part of Georgia, after crushing a Georgian assault on South Ossetia in a five-day war last year.

After the war, Russia recognised the regions as independent states and until now only Venezuela and Nicaragua had followed suit.

"I hope that other countries will follow our example and also recognize the independence of Abkhazia," Kieren Keke, Nauru's foreign minister was quoted as saying by Russia's RIA news agency during a ceremony in Abkhazia to establish diplomatic relations.

Nauru, an island of 21 square km (5,190 acres), gained independence in 1968 and joined the United Nations in 1999 as the world's smallest independent republic, according to the CIA World Factbook.

Abkhazia and South Ossetia broke away from Georgia's rule after wars in the early 1990s and have run their own affairs ever since. They depend on Russia for their defences and most of the people in both areas have Russian passports.



Reuters

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