OSCE monitored the gas pipeline in South Ossetia

Tue, 13/01/2009 - 17:00

According to Deputy Foreign Minister of South Ossetia Alan Pliev, The OSCE representatives visiting South Osseitia together with South Ossetian gas company representatives reached the village of Tbet where the gas transmission station is located. On the spot, they could verify that there were no damaged parts of the pipeline within the territory of South Ossetia.
“Moreover, according to experts, for a month after the hostilities ended, the same level of pressure had been observed in the pipeline and this meant that there was no leakage on the territory of South Ossetia”, said Pliev.
According to him, “the OSCE monitoring showed that the gas pipelines had not been directly hit by shells and bullets, meaning that there are no damaged parts of the pipeline and there are no problems on the territory of RSO”.
“They once again could see that the absence of gas speaks for a political nature of the problem and for the pressure put by the Georgian side on South Ossetia.”, stressed the Deputy Minister, adding that “having completed their assessment mission, the sides agreed to create a monitoring group, one part of which would be located on the territory of Georgia at the gas input site and the second part of the group will be placed on the territory of South Ossetia at output location, and then, all received data will be compared”.

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