A question on peacekeepers in South Ossetia is closed after Saakashvili’s aggression: Foreign Minister

Thu, 14/11/2019 - 16:06

The situation is escalating today around the perimeter of the borders of South Ossetia, "Tskhinval regards these actions as" conscious and demonstrative destabilization by the ruling Tbilisi regime

The issue of introducing international peacekeepers to South Ossetia was closed after the 2008 aggression, when the troops of the-then Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili shot and killed soldiers of the peacekeeping contingent stationed in South Ossetia, Foreign Minister Dmitry Medoev told RIA Novosti.

"Peacekeeping forces were already in South Ossetia from 1992 to 2008, by the way, having an internationally recognized mandate. In 2008, these peacekeepers were simply shot by Georgian troops. Dozens of servicemen of this contingent were killed. The- then Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili simply shot this format, destroying it in the result, the Joint Control Commission, which was involved in the settlement of the Georgian-Ossetian conflict, - an international format that ceased to exist as a result of this military adventure. Today it is not necessary to talk about peacekeeping forces in any case",. said Medoev, which took in Berlin in the opening of the Club of Friends of South Ossetia.

In late August, South Ossetia reported that Georgian police had put up a roadblockt on the territory of the Republic near the village of Tsnelis in Znaur district. The authorities of South Ossetia demanded that Georgia remove the police post by August 30, otherwise they promised to take "legal means to protect the population from emerging threats," but Georgia continued to arrange the roadblock. Later, the border guards of South Ossetia occupied a height above the Georgian police checkpoint and began to equip their posts as part of a special humanitarian operation to thwart Georgian attempts to establish control over part of the South Ossetian territory.

According to Medoev, residents of the border region of South Ossetia are currently "very concerned about such activity" on the Georgian side, since during the aggression in 2008, Georgian soldiers "terrorized these people, imitated even the shooting of civilians in these villages, and committed other crimes." The Minister emphasized that “the situation is aggravating today along the entire perimeter of the borders of South Ossetia,” Tskhinval regards these actions “as deliberate and demonstrative destabilization by the ruling Tbilisi regime and the already tense situation in the border territories,” all of which threatens “serious destabilization of the situation across the entire region ".

Commenting on the reaction of the western partners of Georgia, Medoev said that "the complete passivity and detachment in connection with the ongoing provocative actions of Georgia near our borders is noteworthy." In September, President of South Ossetia Anatoly Bibilov directly addressed the co-chairs of the Geneva discussions, representatives of the EU observer mission in Georgia, urging them to take decisive measures to influence Tbilisi in order to prevent a real danger of armed confrontation. "There was no answer, and there is no answer", Medoev said.

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