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Should Georgia recognize an independent Kosovo?

Monday, February 18
“Of course not! That means losing our breakaway territories, South Ossetia and Abkhazia.”
Marina, housewife, 53

“Yes, Georgia should recognize Kosovo, because of America. You know that the US supports Kosovo independence. Right now, we don’t need a strained situation with Washington.”
Zura, student, 20

“I think our government will recognize Kosovo’s independence, and I’m afraid that will cause us to lose our territories. I don’t know why American supports Kosovo’s independence, and I wonder if they have the same opinion about Abkhazia and South Ossetia.”
Tamuna, hairdresser, 37

“If Georgia recognizes the independence of Kosovo, then Russia will help Abkhazia and South Ossetia establish their independence. That will be a disaster for Georgia.”
Lela, dressmaker, 28

“Georgia has no option but to support Kosovo’s independence, as the US is a great supporter of an independent Kosovo.”
Nika, IT specialist, 25

“No, because then we would have to recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.”
Avto, driller, 48

“Oh, it is an awful subject. We’ll face a serious problem with our lost territories. Russia won’t let us even think about reintegrating them.”
Lali, dancer, 23

“You don’t even have the right to ask me this. I want to remind you, I’m Georgian, and I have pains caused by the territorial problems of my country. It would be a real blow for our country.”
Maia, saleswoman, 55

“As far as I’m aware, it wouldn’t be desirable for Georgia with our breakaway regions. But it wouldn’t be right if Russia uses this against Georgia. The international community must not let it happen.”
Miriani, policeman, 32