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Moldovan parliament speaker: Chisinau will not recognize an independence referendum in South Ossetia

Moldovan parliament speaker Marian Lupu said on October 15 that Chisinau would not recognize an independence referendum in Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia. Speaking at a meeting of the GUAM Parliamentary Assembly in Chisinau, Lupu said Moldova "will not admit the possibility of legal consequences if an eventual plebiscite is held in South Ossetia." The GUAM regional organization includes Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Moldova.

South Ossetian separatist leader Eduard Kokoity announced on September 11 planed to hold a referendum on independence. Moldova's breakaway Transdniester region held a widely unrecognized referendum on independence in September.