Border guards are installing veterinary fences on the border of South Ossetia to prevent livestock crossing

Wed, 01/02/2023 - 10:48

In order to avoid cases of livestock crossing the border in the South Ossetian border areas, border guards are laying veterinary fences. Residents of the village of Mugut, Znaur district, expressed their concern.
As the border agencies of the Republic explained to IA "Res ", "all the works in the border zone adjacent to the Ossetian-Georgian state border are carried out in strict accordance with the legislation of the Republic of South Ossetia. They are aimed at ensuring the safety of civilians and neutralizing the policy of official Tbilisi to blur the interstate line of separation between South Ossetia and Georgia," the source said.

The Border Service of the KGB of the Republic has also stated that the installed barriers or veterinary fences do not mark the line of the state border on the ground. They are intended solely to prevent the transfer of livestock, as this can lead to its loss or the transfer from Georgia to South Ossetia of dangerous infectious animal diseases that are regularly recorded in this state (which a number of experts associate with the functioning of the Lugar laboratory).

“In addition, barriers at the border prevent illegal movement of goods across the border, including tobacco products and narcotic substances,” the Border Service added.

Journalists visited the village of Mugut on Tuesday, where there had already been installed a veterinary fence. The head of the Mugut village administration, Alan Dzhioev, said that a barbed wire fence had been installed at the border in order to prevent livestock from moving to the neighboring side.

“The wire was stretched here to stop the lost cattle, which, especially in the summer, crossed the border. This does not bother ordinary villagers. We all do not live in peace, we nor anyone interferes with us,” said the head of the village council.

So that local residents do not regard the installation of veterinary fences as a transfer of the state border line, representatives of the Frontier Post on the ground conduct explanatory conversations with the local population.

“Representatives of the frontier post also met with us. They explained everything to us. That is, they told us why these works were being carried out. And the border was laid back in 2016, and since then it has not changed,” said the local resident Alan Bestaev.

To date, about 20 families live permanently in the village of Mugut. In the neighboring village of Chorbaul, where the state border line passes nearby and veterinary fences are installed, six residential buildings remain.

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