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“The Caucasus needs a rest after the war”, Interview with Alexander Rahr, DGAP, Berlin

Author(s): Alexander Rahr

Journal: Caucasian Review of International Affairs
ISSN 1865-6773

Volume: 2;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 253;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Caucasus | Abkhazia | South Ossetia | Georgia | ethnic conflicts | NATO

Question: Six weeks ago, the war between Russia and Georgia over the secessionist Georgian provinces Abkhazia and South Ossetia ended. What is the current situation, especially concerning the withdrawal of the Russian troops from Georgian territory?Rahr: The current situation is quite different from the status quo which existed in the region between 1992 and 2008. The Russian troops will be withdrawn from the Georgian mainland, but they will stay in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. These secessionist regions have been recognized as independent states by Russia. I think that Abkhazia and South Ossetia will join the collective security pact of the CIS countries in the next months...
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