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substitute; Delegation for relations with the countries of south-east Europe (2007-03-14--2009-07-13)3
"Mr President, most of the attention has been focused on the Russian military intervention in Georgia. The possible use of cluster bombs and the occupation of a port outside the disputed area are just cause for anger. That does not apply, in my opinion, to the protection of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, these two regions have not in practice been part of Georgia. Most inhabitants of these two small states do not want to be subject to Georgia under any circumstances, just as most of the inhabitants of Kosovo do not want to belong to Serbia under any circumstances. They would, unfortunately, be second-class citizens in those countries. For these people equal rights and democracy are only possible if their secession ceases to be a matter of debate and they have a guarantee that they will not be subject to military attack from outside. To sum up, there is very good reason to criticise Russia, but not on account of the fact that it has now recognised the independence of these two small states. Kosovo could not be a unique case …"@en1
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