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Sukhumi, the capital of Abkhazia, on the Black Sea - once a popular holiday spot for Russian elite (Photo: Wikipedia)

Georgian rebels seek greater EU recognition

The Georgian breakaway region of Abkhazia is keen to get EU recognition as an independent country, after the Russian parliament passed a resolution urging the Russian president to endorse Georgian rebels' ambitions of statehood.

"We are not interested in only Russia recognising us," Abkhaz deputy foreign minister, Maxim Gunjia, told EUobserver on Monday (25 August), adding that he expects Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to shortly back the pro-independence vote by Russian MPs.

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Sukhumi, the capital of Abkhazia, on the Black Sea - once a popular holiday spot for Russian elite (Photo: Wikipedia)

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