Recognition of the South Ossetian genocide is in the legal plane, - political scientist

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 14:02

The problem of recognition of the genocide of South Ossetians by Georgia in 1920 is exclusively in the legal plane. This position was made by the head of the RISI Caucasus Studies sector, Arthur Ataev.

According to the expert, now the representatives of South Ossetia must, in accordance with international law, prove that they had factual grounds.

As noted by Ataev , the genocide has long been recognized at the level of popular consciousness and historical work.

The State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin on Thursday gave an order, upon receipt of an appeal from the parliament of the Republic of South Ossetia to the Duma on the recognition of the genocide of South Ossetians in 1920 by Georgia, to submit it for consideration by the Duma Council.

"The State Duma paid attention to the statement of the South Ossetian Parliament on the recognition of the genocide of South Ossetians in 1920 by Georgia. At the next meeting of the State Duma Council, which includes the leadership of the Duma, heads of all political factions and chairmen of the committees, we will consider this appeal" Volodin told Russian reporters on Thursday.

South Ossetian parliamentarians sent an appeal to the Russian leadership on the recognition of the genocide of South Ossetians in 1920 by Georgian nationalists, to the State Duma and the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, the website of the Parliament of the Republic of South Ossetia reported on August 1.

The text of the appeal indicates that the events of 1920 did not receive a proper assessment, the organizers and performers of the genocide against the Ossetians were not held accountable.

The document also notes that after South Ossetia declared its right to self-determination and accession to Soviet Russia, in June 1920, the Georgian government sent troops to suppress South Ossetia. "Most of the settlements of South Ossetia were destroyed by Georgian troops," the document says. It also notes that "several thousand people became victims, which, according to various estimates, amounted from 8 to 25 percent of its total number."

"In 1989-1992, Georgia again attempted ethnic cleansing of the Ossetian population, and in 2008 only the intervention of Russia, which forced Georgia to peace, prevented the complete extermination of the population of South Ossetia," the document says.

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