Russian Veto Forces UN Out of Abkhazia
Mission in breakaway Georgian republic ends after vote deadlocks
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 16, 2009 5:53 AM CDT
Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin at the United Nations Security Council, Friday, June 12, 2009.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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(Newser) – Russia today vetoed a UN Security Council resolution to keep troops and observers in Abkhazia, one of the two breakaway Georgian regions in last year's war. Western nations say that Abkhazia remains part of Georgia, but Russia has recognized its independence. The veto means that the UN will have to end its mission in Abkhazia, which began in 1993 and expired today.