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South Ossetian leader lands unscheduled in Finland

South Ossetian leader lands unscheduled in Finland

Helsinki airport officials say the South Ossetian leader's plane made an unscheduled landing in Finland because of technical problems.
Airport spokeswoman Annika Kala says Eduard Kokoity's private plane was being repaired on Sunday after landing safely a day earlier.
Finnish media reported that 15 people had been on board the aircraft, including Kokoity.
Kokoity had been en route to Nicaragua and Venezuela _ two of the few countries which have recognized the independence of the separatist state.
In 2008, Georgia entirely lost control of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in an eight-day war with Russia, which maintains a strong military presence in both.