Human Rights, Detente and the Trusov Gorge: Humanitarian Issues of the Geneva Discussions


At the last round of Geneva discussions, the South Ossetian delegation rejected accusations against South Ossetia of human rights violations, in particular, accusations that residents of the Georgian nationality do not have the right to study in their native language,” Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy Murat Dzhioev said at the press conference in Tskhinval.

“This information is absolutely false, and we have noted that there are schools in South Ossetia where the education is in the Georgian language,” he explained.

In addition, at the 52nd round of the Geneva Discussions, representatives of international organizations have noted that the situation with leaving for treatment has been improving recently.

“But we have reminded that the checkpoints with Georgia were closed due to the fact that the Georgian side created an explosive situation in the Tsnelis area, when in August 2019 the illegal police post was constructed on the territory of South Ossetia. The détente of this situation will affect the entire perimeter of the border,” the Plenipotentiary said.

Dzhioev has added that the checkpoints were closed not because of the coronavirus, but precisely because of the tension along the entire perimeter of the state border, in connection with the illegal post in Tsnelis.

According to the Plenipotentiary, the situation with the regions of East Ossetia is constantly discussed in a special block.

“First of all, this concerns the residents of the Trusov Gorge, who for the past few years, only by their ethnicity, have not had the right to cross the border and visit their native villages. Moreover, this is being done against the background of Georgia's declarations of visa-free entry for Russian citizens,” the Plenipotentiary said.

He added that residents of the Trusov Gorge are not allowed through not only Lars, but there have been cases when they flew to Tbilisi by plane and were turned around at the airport.

“This is an artificial infringement of the rights of citizens, so that they cannot visit villages, which, according to available information, have been destroyed,” said Dzhioev.

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