…by North Ossetia 15 years ago. 6 March 2008 North Ossetian parliament’s council and South Ossetian parliament’s council had a joint meeting dedicated to the 15 th anniversary of North Ossetian parliament’s decree about recongition of South Ossetia.
Speaking frankly I did not even know about this decree. The tricky part of this is that North Ossetia is an autonomous republic within Russian Federation bordering with South Ossetia. So according to the Russian law, North Ossetia has no right to have a foreign policy of its own. However, in the beginning of 1990s North Ossetia along with other North Caucasian regions enjoyed a great deal of practical independence. So that its parliament even could adopt decrees like that.
The fact that they have remembered about it now is interesting though, because it appears, that Ossetians have a policy of their own that not necessarily reflects that of Moscow’s policy. Following Kosovo recognition, Russia has been anxious not to indicate any will to retaliate the West with recognition of Georgian breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. This may signify that there is a conflict between Russian interests in the Caucasus that are basically about freezing up the situation as it is, retaining the status-quo as long as possible and Ossetian interests, that have long been wanting to live within the same state’s boundaries legally.
Here is the info in Russian: http://regnum.ru/news/fd-south/osetia/968262.html