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NATO refuses to recognize presidential elections in Abkhazia

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NATO has refused to recognize presidential elections in Abkhazia, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Saturday.

NATO has refused to recognize presidential elections in Abkhazia, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Saturday.

Presidential elections held on August 26 in Abkhazia, which NATO refuses to recognize as an independent state and considers it part of Georgia, were won by Alexander Ankvab, who received 54.86% of votes.

"The holding of such elections does not contribute to a peaceful and lasting settlement of the situation in Georgia," Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a statement.

"The alliance reiterates its full support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders," he added.