Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Ossetia

Tue, 26/06/2007 - 11:57

It is with indignation that the people in South Ossetia learned the bewildering information spread in the media concerning the ‘head’ of the Tbilisi supported puppet ‘temporary administration’ of Sanakoev’ and his planned report at the Committee meeting of the European Parliament.
The Ministry has more than once appealed to the international community with a call to make a fair assessment of the full-scale campaign launched by Georgia and aimed at legitimizing the Tbilisi supported puppet ‘temporary territorial administration’.
The abovementioned campaign being a classical example of a special propagandist operation was inspired by the illusions held by the Georgian authorities as regards the Georgian-Ossetian conflict hoping to use the puppet ‘administration’ as a tool of resolving it without South Ossetia’s participation, thus neglecting the latter’s internationally recognized status as a party to the conflict as well as the will of the citizens of South Ossetia.
It’s a long time now that the official Tbilisi has been using long words as a cover for its practical refusal to participate in the actual process of conflict resolution cynically profaning it and persistently misinforming the international community as for the real state of affairs in the Georgian-Ossetian relations.
The backing thoughtlessly given to Georgia by some states and international structures basing on unreliable information or else unwilling to take into consideration the arguments provided by the South Ossetian side, causes a sense of intolerable permissiveness in the Georgian government encouraging the latter to further the escalation of the conflict.
The absence of a proper reaction on the part of the international community as regards Georgia’s groundless efforts to legitimize the puppet ‘temporary administration’ created by Tbilisi is having regrettable practical results: the member of a criminal gang backed by Georgia’s president and appointed ‘head’ of the administration is to give a talk in the name of the Ossetian people at the European Parliamentary Committee Meeting, while being unauthorized to do so by the people of South Ossetia.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is making a resolute protest against the decision by stating that the Georgian authorities’ persistent attempts to impose on the international community the ‘temporary administration’ as the South Ossetian party in the negotiations is a groundless, cynical and hopeless adventure.
In the event if the true interest declared by some representatives of the international community is true, the authorities-in-office of the Republic of South Ossetia must be given the opportunity of using their inalienable right to give an account of their stand and their view of the settlement of the Georgian-Ossetian conflict at an international forum.

25 June 2007
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