Interviews

In Geneva, in backroom conversations, for the first time we saw the prospect of resolving the issue of prisoners - the Minister of foreign Affairs of RSO Kazbulat Tskhovrebov

17/03/2016 - 16:42

March 11, the released citizens of the Republic, convicted on trumped-up charges in Georgia arrived in South Ossetia. Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Ossetia Kazbulat Tskhovrebov told the news agency "Res" about the work on their release for 11 years.

- Four citizens of South Ossetia, after 11 years of imprisonment in Georgia have returned home. What kind of work was carried out during these years, what measures taken to release them?

- Indeed, our citizens had to spend difficult 11 years in Georgian prisons. All these years South Ossetia declared the illegality of their detention and imprisonment and demanded their release. South Ossetian representatives constantly raised this issue in the format of the Joint Control Commission, as well as at other platforms. However, due to the unconstructive position of the Georgian side and apparent unwillingness to take responsibility for the decision, even not political, but purely humanitarian questions, there was not any serious progress to resolve the issue. In this regard, I want to recall with gratitude the efforts of representatives of the civil society of South Ossetia, first of all, Lyra Kozaeva, who also addressed this issue, and largely achieved better results than the official structures of the Republic. In particular, they assisted in organization of meetings with relatives and officials, in transferring of requests to the Georgian state authorities.

- On the international platforms - the Geneva discussions on security and stability in Transcaucasia and meetings in the format of mechanisms to prevent and respond to incidents, attended by representatives of South Ossetia, it was repeatedly raised the question of the illegally condemned South Ossetian citizens, serving sentences in Georgian prisons. How this work influenced on the course of events?

- The South Ossetian delegation at the Geneva discussions regularly raised the issue of prisoners. It is important to raise such questions at such international platforms; it stresses the importance and urgency of their solution for the Republic of South Ossetia. It was in Geneva in backroom talks, when for the first time we saw the prospect of solving this issue, and then practically implemented. In this regard, I would also like to thank all colleagues in the Geneva discussions and appreciation for the work the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of South Ossetia to the Republic of Abkhazia Oleg Botsiev.

- You yourself took part directly in the process of exchange of South Ossetian citizens in Abkhazia that was a truly historic event. What were your feelings at that moment?

- It is an unforgettable experience. When I opened the door of the minibus with our guys from Georgia, saying that they are free, they did not say a word and did not move because they did not believe in what was happening. I had to once again repeat it, but my heart at that moment was bleeding. And it is an indescribable state, when you are in the mother's arms, thanking "for the salvation of her son." These feelings will be with me forever.

- Most of the work to release the illegally convicted citizens of South Ossetia in Georgia has been done - our citizens have returned home. What support will be provided for rehabilitation of these citizens?

- From the Fund of the President South Ossetia and the Fund of the Government of South Ossetia are allocated funds for the initial needs of the liberated citizens. The guys are with their relatives. I think that in the native environment rehabilitation will take place as quickly as possible. If they need support or participation of the President or the Government in solving specific problems, I'm sure they can count on it.

- How many prisoners - citizens of South Ossetia are in Georgian prisons?

- At the time of the exchange we did not have any information about the other citizens of the Republic of South Ossetia imprisoned in Georgia. But now we have the information that may be the list is incomplete. This information should be checked. To date we have not received any information both from the relatives or the official authorities of Georgia. Several our citizens are listed as missing, but it is another area of work.

The adoption of the Act of Independence of South Ossetia will remain forever in the history of the Ossetian people

29/05/2015 - 17:00

May 29 in the Republic of South Ossetia is celebrated the 23th anniversary of the Act of Independence of the Republic of South Ossetia.

Vadim Gabaraev, the first convocation deputy of the Parliament of South Ossetia:

Ossetians have always been independent genetically. When making their first steps, when started talking about independence, the people of South Ossetia took heart. Everyone was striving for freedom.
There were also people who did not want the proclamation of the independence, dissuaded us, saying that the Declaration of Independence of the Republic of South Ossetia was the first step to war. But the only will of the people was independence! People believed and knew it was the only way to freedom.
It is impossible to describe the joy that reigned on the Theater Square May 29, 1992, when we announced the adoption of the Act of Independence of South Ossetia.
It was a great joy for the entire nation. You should have seen the eyes of people, full of joy and steadfastness in their striving for freedom.
The road to freedom was long and difficult, but Ossetians are a great nation, and we have won independence.

Vadim Tskhovrebov, director of the South Ossetian enterprise of bakery products:

The Act of Independence of the Republic of South Ossetia is a historical document, justice, which sooner or later would have to prevail.
The adoption of the Act of Independence of South Ossetia will remain forever in the history of the Ossetian people.
We gained independence, though it was a long road to it. I remember well how we were struggling for independence. We must remember, first of all, those people, both the living and the dead, thanks to whom we won independence; we must honor and respect our independence.
In connection with the celebration of this wonderful day, I wish the people of South Ossetia peaceful sky, happiness, health and prosperity.

Amiran Diaconov, MP of South Ossetia:

The adoption of the Act of Independence of South Ossetia 29 May 1992 is the basic document - the foundation of the independence of our state.
I would like to congratulate the people of South Ossetia on this momentous day, in particular, the members of the first convocation, which laid the basis for the legal framework of our state, thanks to their efforts was adopted the Act of Independence of the Republic of South Ossetia. In this regard, I wish the current Parliament to follow the professionalism, tolerance and patriotism of those people, thanks to whom we are living in the independent state.

Radion Pukhaev: "The Days of Ossetian culture in Europe" will start in May

05/03/2015 - 14:11

This year "The Days of Ossetian culture in Europe" will be held in five countries. The main purpose of this traditional event is to promote Ossetian culture in Europe and the networking of the Ossetian creative intelligentsia with the European colleagues.
The head of the International non-profit Association «Renaissance Sandidzan» Radion Pukhaev has given a detailed account of this event in an interview with news agency "Res"

Vladislav Surkov: South Ossetia has established an effective building control system

24/12/2014 - 16:12

Russian Presidential Aide Vladislav Surkov has recently arrived in South Ossetia on a working visit. He became acquainted with the implementation of the Investment Program to promote socio-economic development of South Ossetia in 2014, met with the President of the Republic, heads of the ministries and agencies, representatives of the construction companies. On the outcome of his visit Surkov told in an interview with the Republican and Russian media representatives.

In 2014, thirty seven citizens of South Ossetia were furnished a financial assistance from the special account - State Councilor to the President

18/02/2014 - 16:07

After the Georgian aggression in August 2008, the National Bank of South Ossetia established special account to assist the citizens of the Republic affected by the fighting. Chairman of the Supervisory Board under the President of South Ossetia for targeted expenditure of the funds of the special account, State Councilor to the President Rodion Siukaev in an interview with the news agency "Res" has told about how the funds of the special account are used and what category of citizens of the Republic is to have been rendered financial assistance

Sergei Kolbin: to define a frontier is a process of bilateral recognition and mutual agreements

09/02/2014 - 16:07

In South Ossetia continues the work on engineering development of the state border with Georgia. On the progress of work, the purpose of the security barrier on the border, as well as the challenges of working in its arrangement in the interview with IA «RES» told first Deputy Chairman of the KGB of South Ossetia, the head of the Border Service of the KGB of South Ossetia, Major General Sergey Kolbin.

- Mr. Kolbin, please, tell us, what principles do you adhere to define the frontier?

The "Days of Ossetian culture in Europe" launched in 2014 at a high level - Radion Pukhaev

28/01/2014 - 13:38

The activities held in the framework of the program "The Days of Ossetian culture in Europe,» are under way in the capital of Turkey Istanbul. In an interview with the news agency "Res" the organizer, a head of the non-profit International Association «Renaissance Sandidzan» Radion Pukhaev told about the aims and objectives of the activities.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Ossetia has been developing international relations

08/01/2014 - 10:30

Interview of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Ossetia David Sanakoev with IA «RES»

- Tell us about the main achievements of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Ossetia in the past year?

- In 2013 Ministry of Foreign Affairs continued its activities in accordance with the Constitution of the Republic of South Ossetia, legislation and legal framework of the Republic.

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