Belarus to consider recognizing S.Ossetia, Abkhazia on April 2

MOSCOW, January 22 (RIA Novosti) – The Belarusian parliament will consider recognizing the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia on April 2, a senior Belarusian lawmaker said on Thursday.

"The issue is being discussed among members of the House of Representatives. The [final] decision will be made at a plenary session on April 2," said Valery Ivanov, deputy speaker of the lower house of parliament.  Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko earlier said that if parliament recognized the rebel republics’ independence, he would "sign the appropriate document."

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