Diplomats of South Ossetia at the IPRM meeting condemned the actions of the Georgian Orthodox Church

Wed, 16/05/2018 - 16:19

Accusations of Archil Tatunashvili's death, which the Georgian side continues to bring against South Ossetia, are without basis, said after the meeting in the framework of mechanisms for prevention and response to incidents (IPRM the Presidential Envoy of South Ossetia for post-conflict settlement, Murat Dzhioev.
"The Georgian delegation at today's meeting raised the issue of Tatunashvili's death, while it was noted that it had no other expert opinion, in addition to that, transmitted by the South Ossetian side," Dzhioev said. "We once again confirmed that the South Ossetian side was not interested in Tatunashvili`s death, it happened naturally as a result of heart failure".
The South Ossetian diplomat has added that Tatunashvili, being an officer of Georgia's special service, was of interest to the relevant structures of South Ossetia to be alive.
"There were questions to him, but, unfortunately, there is no one else to be asked", - Dzhioev said. "Any death is tragic, but blaming South Ossetia is completely groundless. "I repeat once again that there is no other expert opinion from the Georgian side, therefore all their statements are just speculation".
The Envoy has also told about the situation on the state border between South Ossetia and Georgia from the period of the previous meeting within the framework of the IPRM.
"We brought specific facts of the violation of the state border of South Ossetia by representatives of the EU observer mission in Georgia", - Dzioev said. - "At the same time, we have noted in strict form that the EU mission has a mandate to work only in the territory of Georgia, and its representatives have no right to cross the border of our Republic."
During the meeting it was also discussed the recent attempt of representatives of the Georgian Orthodox Church to hold a service on 6 May in the territory of the Republic of South Ossetia, in a church near the village of Adzysar.
"On the hotline that exists between the mission of the EU observers, South Ossetia and Georgia, we received information that the Georgian metropolitan together with his parishioners wants to hold a service, to which we replied that it would be almost impossible, since it would be violation of the state border.
Nevertheless, representatives of the Georgian Orthodox Church on May 6 tried to hold a service. When they saw the Ossetian border guards, they did not cross the border, but conducted a service near the Georgian village of Adzvi. "
The Envoy called the actions of the Georgian Orthodox Church provocative, which could seriously complicate the situation.
"Representatives of the Georgian church are well aware that the church in the area of ​​the village of Adzasar is in the territory of South Ossetia, therefore any crossing of the border is an illegal act," Dzhioev stressed. - We compared their actions with the steps taken by the Georgian church in previous years to aggravate the situation in the border area

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