Azerbaijani MPs Condemn Russian State Duma’s Recognition of Independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia
Azerbaijan, Baku, 25 August / Trend corr. I.Alizade / The Azerbaijani MPs believe that the Russian State Duma violates the international law through recognition of independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, which are the Georgian territories. "Decision of the Russian State Duma and Council of Federation creates dangerous negative precedent for the world," MP Aydin Mirzazade, an Azerbaijani parliamentary representative to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and a member of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party (NAP), told Trend on 25 August.
South Ossetia and Abkhazia Autonomous republics of Georgia declared their independence at the beginning of 1990 separating from Tbilisi. However, the international community did not recognize their independence. On 25 August, the Russian State Duma and the Council of Federation made a decision to recognize independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Both two houses of the Parliament applied to President Dmitriy Medvedev officially to recognize independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
Mirzazade believes that there was no need for Russia, who is a member of the United Nations (UN) Security Council, to make such a decision.
"This decision should be failure and directed against Russia. Thus, there were nations within Russia to declare their independencies in different times," the MP said.
According to Mirzazade, examination of this issue at the parliament show that Moscow does not insist on independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Mirzazade said that the decision demonstrates Russia's position to the whole world and exerts pressure on the international community. "I hope that the Russian Government will function within the framework of the international law and will maintain its authority as the leading country of the world."
According to Rabiyyat Aslanova, the chairman of the Standing Parliamentary Commission on Human Rights, this decision contradicts, which is the basic principle of the international law regarding the recognition and protection of territorial integrity
"Russia has always supported and protected this principle. Russia showed it during the Chechen war. However, at present Moscow does not respect this principle," the chairman of the commission said.
According to Aslanova, the decision of the State Duma and the Council of Federation is a result of negative precedent, which appeared after the decision to recognize independence of Kosovo.
The decision of the Russian Parliament contradicts the international law norms, MP Asim Mollazade, the chairman of the opposition Democratic Reforms Party, said.
"Russia's decision does not stabilize situation in South Caucasus region. The decision will aggravate the complex situation in the region," Mollazade said.
According to Mollazade, the decision may be failure. The MP said that decision of any country, which supports separatism, may be directed against itself.
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