The action was held in Tskhinval on the International Day of Missing Persons

Thu, 31/08/2023 - 10:19

In Tskhinval, on Wednesday, on the International Day of Missing Persons, a memorial action was held in the Iuane Agyuyzaty (Gabaraty) square, where relatives and friends of the missing, the public, and representatives of the Republic's leadership gathered.

Before the action, a divine service was held in the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary dedicated to the missing citizens.

Chairman of the NGO "Memory and Hope" Lidia Kudzieva has noted that many families still do not know the fate of their relatives.

“From year to year, the families are waiting for at least some news, but, unfortunately, so far to no avail. We are persistently looking for our relatives, holding thematic meetings, discussions, but so far there has been no any progress,” Kudzieva said.

Acting Presidential Envoy for Post-Conflict Settlement Yegor Kochiev has assured that the leadership of the Republic and the coordination mechanism that deals with the fate of the missing will do everything possible to clarify the fate of the missing.

“I want to express my gratitude to the families of the missing for their resilience and courage, with which they wait every time for news of their missing relatives,” Kochiev said.

The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross in the Republic, Dragoslav Blazevic, has noted that the ICRC plays an important role in the process of clarifying the fate of persons missing in connection with the armed conflicts of 1990s and 2008.

"The issue of missing persons in armed conflict is of particular importance to the ICRC wherever it operates. International Day of the Missing is another opportunity to reaffirm our support for еру families and to remind them of their right to know the fate and whereabouts of their loved ones", - he said.

,Blazevic has added, that the ICRC plays an important role in the process of clarifying the fate of persons missing in connection with armed conflicts in the 1990s - 2008.

"Undoubtedly, this process is lengthy, but we have been going through the whole path together," Blazhevich said.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Akhsar Dzhioev has stressed that today's meeting is another call for intensifying efforts to search for the missing.

"Today is a difficult day for South Ossetia. Our today's meeting is another call to intensify efforts to search for the missing," he said, expressing gratitude to Yegor Kochiev and Ombudsman Inal Tasoev for their involvement in the process.

"I think we all need to unite even stronger in order to jointly call on all the interested parties to search for any information on the missing persons," said Dzhioev.

The head of the "Immortal Regiment" Zhanna Zasseeva has suggested turning to the mothers of Georgia, noting that they, as mothers, should understand the women whose relatives are considered lost.

“We must act, draw attention to this problem. I want to appeal to the mothers of Georgia, let them at least show us where the missing residents of South Ossetia are buried,” she said.

In South Ossetia, since the beginning of the 1990s, 122 people are listed as missing, after the August 2008 war - seven.

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