South Ossetia Seeks Recognition

South Ossetia said Wednesday that it had asked the world community to recognize its independence from Georgia following the West's support for Kosovo's secession.

South Ossetia, which declared independence in the 1990s, called on the United Nations, the European Union and Russia to recognize it as a sovereign state.

"The Kosovo precedent has driven us to more actively seek our rights," a spokeswoman for South Ossetia's separatist leader, Eduard Kokoity, said by telephone.

The region's local assembly has passed a resolution that says Kosovo's independence had created a precedent showing that regions desiring sovereignty should be recognized by the international community.

Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia was announced Feb. 17. Western backers of Kosovo's independence say it does not create a precedent that can be applied elsewhere.