Murat Dzhioev: If PACE ever heard the voice of South Ossetia, it would applaud less, hearing about the "territorial integrity of Georgia"

Wed, 23/01/2013 - 10:18

January 21, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili made a speech at the PACE session. As usual, Saakashvili again unfairlysubjected Russia, South Ossetia and Abkhazia to criticism, calling on again to restore "the territorial integrity of Georgia."
Correspondent of IA "Res" asked the Plenipotentiary of the President of South Ossetia on post-conflict settlement Murat Dzhioev to comment on the statement of Saakashvili.

- Mikhail Saakashvili, not for the first time speaking at the PACE session, appeared in a quite strange image of the "president who is in the opposition." The first and fundamental question, which, most likely, was arisen by the PACE deputies, is-what kind of state it is, the president of which leveled criticism against the Prime Minister and his policy. As usual, Saakashvili has not also evaded the issues related to South Ossetia, again calling them the occupied territory, again accusing Russia of "the occupation of the Georgian territory." Neither during his term at the peak of power in Georgia, nor now, when in Georgia has been increasingly heard "farewell," Saakashvili cannot accept the reality - South Ossetia has never been and is not a part of Georgia, the Georgian state, recognized by the international community after 1991. Russia for the Republic of South Ossetia is not the "occupant", but a friendly country, building equal contractual relationship with it.
Saakashvili advised the Russian deputy to put on glasses to make out the "real map of Georgia," but he himself even under a microscope will not find legal grounds, other than the political will of the authorities of post-Soviet Georgia and their patrons, on the basis of which South Ossetia could be considered part of Georgia.
Saakashvili, as usual, talked a lot about democracy, but is it a sign of high democracy when he calls on not to recognize the right of the peoples of South Ossetia and Abkhazia on the free development?
And the last. If PACE ever heard the voice of South Ossetia and its representatives were invited to the session to convey the South Ossetian position, they would applaud less, hearing about the "territorial integrity of Georgia."

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