The date in the recent history of Ossetians: 29 years ago, North Ossetia was the first to recognize the independence of South Ossetia

Fri, 06/03/2020 - 23:20

March 6, 1993 - The Supreme Council of North Ossetia voted to adopt a resolution recognizing the Republic of South Ossetia. This decision was of great symbolic importance, demonstrating the unity of the peoples of Ossetia and its firm intention to seek the restoration of historical justice. It gave a powerful impetus to the development of integration processes between both parts of Ossetia.

The start has been made. The Republic was later recognized by Transnistria, Abkhazia and Nagorno-Karabakh. In 2008, Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia, and after Nicaragua, Venezuela, Nauru, Syria.


March 6, 1993 - at the session of the Supreme Council of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, a resolution was adopted on the recognition of the Republic of South Ossetia. In the period from May 21 to May 23, the II Congress of the Ossetian people was held in the city of Vladikavkaz. The all-Ossetian organization Styr Nykhas was created. At the Congress, it was decided to petition the Supreme Councils of North and South Ossetia for a referendum on the reunification of Ossetia.

March 26, 1993 - Chairman of the Supreme Council of South Ossetia Torez Kulumbegov arrived in Moscow to find out the reaction of Russian lawmakers to the decision of the North Ossetian Armed Forces on the recognition of independence of the Republic of South Ossetia. In an interview with a Kommersant correspondent, Torez Kulumbegov called the decision of the North Ossetian parliamentarians “correct and long-awaited” and expressed hope for a "fair decision of the deputies of the Armed Forces of Russia."

March 6, 2008 - the parliaments of North and South Ossetia at a joint meeting adopted an appeal to the Federation Council and the State Duma of the Russian Federation on the recognition of South Ossetia’s independence.

"We are asking you to consider the recognition by the Russian Federation of the independence of the Republic of South Ossetia," the statement says.

In the text of the appeal, parliamentarians referred to the precedent of Kosovo, after which, in their opinion, "the possibility of resolving regional conflicts is based not only on the principles of territorial integrity."

"Especially when applied to South Ossetia, the principle of territorial integrity does not contradict the nation’s right to self-determination, since the legal and factual foundations of Georgia’s sovereignty in South Ossetia do not exist," the statement says.

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