Hope springs eternal for the stateless

February 22, 2008

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7256488.stm

Following the lead of Kosovo:

South Ossetia and Abkhazia:

South Ossetian leader Eduard Kokoyty said: “Both South Ossetia and Abkhazia have more political and legal grounds for their independence than Kosovo… we can clearly see a policy of double standards.”

Taiwan (ROC, Chinese Taipei, etc)

 “Our consistent position is that we want to develop relations with any free and democratic country,” spokeswoman Phoebe Yeh said.

To which the Chinese spokesman replied: “It is known to all that Taiwan, as a part of China, has no right and qualification at all to make the so-called recognition.”

Turkish (Northern) Cyprus
“I salute the independence of Kosovo. No people can be forced to live under the rule of another,” said Mehmet Ali Talat, leader of the Turkish Cypriots.

Basque region of Spain (Euskadi)
Kosovo is “a lesson in how to resolve conflicts of identity and membership, peacefully and democratically,” said Miren Askarate, spokeswoman for the Basque regional government in northern Spain.

Trans-Dniester
The chairman of the breakaway Transdniester region of Moldova, Yevgeny Shevchuk, said: “We believe that a new era started and a new system of international relations was formed the moment part of a country, based on a series of historical developments, decided to live independently, and this country can gain recognition.”

and of course, Palestine, Kurdistan, Corsica, Chechnya, Walloonia, Catalunya, Quebec, Tamil Eelam, Biafra, Alaska, Vermont, the former Confederate States of America, the Conch Republic, the Lakota Nation, various Microstates, and Petoria.

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