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    South Ossetia to Hold Referendum on Joining Russia in 2017

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    The partially recognized republic's president and parliament speaker said that referendum on joining the Russian Federation will be held in South Ossetia in 2017.

    TSKHINVALI (Sputnik) A referendum on joining the Russian Federation will be held in South Ossetia in 2017, the partially recognized republic's president and parliament speaker said in a joint statement Thursday.

    "Guided by the long-term interests of the South Ossetian people and seeking to ensure the stability of the socio-political situation in the Republic of South Ossetia, we are issuing a joint statement in support of…the advisability of holding a referendum on the issue of the Republic of South Ossetia joining the Russian Federation in 2017," the statement reads.

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