Caucasus: Abkhaz, S.Ossetian leaders pledge cooperation in Moscow

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South Ossetian and Abkhaz leaders, Eduard Kokoity and Sergey Bagapsh respectively, pledged to provide mutual support in case of hostilities with Georgia.

Speaking at a joint news conference in Moscow on June 4, both secessionist leaders said that only recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia's independence would resolve the conflicts.

They also issued a joint statement saying that people in Abkhazia and South Ossetia "are watching developments surrounding Kosovo's status closely."

"If a 'Kosovo precedent' emerges, we will act more decisively and demand the observance of common standards while dealing with conflicts of similar types," the statement reads.

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