- The Washington Times - Monday, November 13, 2006

South Ossetia, the so-called breakaway province of Georgia, went to the polls yesterday and overwhelmingly voted for independence.

Bella Pliyeva, head of the South Ossetia Central Elections Commission, says early results show that 99 percent of the region’s 55,000 registered voters backed independence from Georgia. They also re-elected incumbent President Eduard Kokoity, in a parallel leadership vote.

But their ultimate goal isn’t independence. What they want is to become part of Russia. Regardless if that is possible, one thing is for sure: It further drives a wedge between Russia and its pro-Western neighbor, Georgia.


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