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International passports in Georgia: false start on border2010-01-11 18:28
South Ossetia refuses to discuss border security issues with Georgia. A new incident prevention meeting won't take place because of continuous kidnappings of Ossetians by Georgians. Soon South Ossetia will be compelled to stiffen border regime. For the time being the Georgian "gossip" about international passports to be introduced in Tskhinval for Georgians is contradicted.
Georgian-South Ossetian border incident prevention talks can be denominated as Sisyphean labor. Hardy had the parties made an exchange between five kidnapped Ossetians and four delinquent Georgian teens when Georgia nabbed two persons as criminals. The EU mission that registered the event did nothing to condemn the Georgian side.
All this aroused natural indignation of the Ossetian authorities. RSO President's Plenipotentiary for Post-Conflict Settlement Boris Chochiev said a categorical no to the nearest meeting on incident prevention in Caucasus.
Previous talks scheduled for December 17 were frustrated too. Then it was Georgia to back out insisting on release of two offenders charged with illegal border crossing and arms storage by Tskhinval.
On December 19 young Georgians Levan Khmiadashvili and Viktor Buchukuri as well as Georgy Archvadze who was detained in South Ossetia last summer were pardoned on President Edward Kokoyty's decree facilitated by Zurab Nogaideli of the Georgian opposition and Russia's ombudsman Vladimir Lukin.
But the following day, December 20, a resident of Leningor (Akhalgor) district of South Ossetia -Khatuna Charaeva - was detained in Tbilisi allegedly carrying USD 30,000 in counterfeit notes. On January 4 2010 the Georgian police kidnapped Gennady Pliev, an officer of South Ossetian state security guard believed to have associations with criminal gangs.
These two South Ossetian citizens joined the list of Ossetians rotting in Georgian prisons on framed up cases. Georgia bluntly rejects to release them. Besides, contrary to the promises, the Georgian side hasn't begun investigating into kidnapping of three young Ossetians by the Georgian police.
They are missing from prison lists. Thomas Hammamberg, European commissioner for human rights suggests they are dead now. Though together with Nogaideli he guaranteed an ad-hoc committee would take up their case. For now things remain unchanged. Moreover, there are new kidnapped citizens of the republic.
Recently David Sanakoyev, RSO President's Plenipotentiary for Human Rights called on international structures to put pressure on Georgia and set the kidnapped Ossetians free.
"Now we evaluate the actions of the Georgian authorities as provocative and aggressive forcing the South Ossetian side to take radical measures to protect its citizens", - the ombudsman remarked.
No wonder if in a situation like this the Ossetian authorities want to make border control more stringent.
Before the New Year RSO President Edward Kokoyty expressed a wish to clog up the border against Georgia's "state terrorism". According to him each terrorist attack in the republic was instigated by Georgia's State Security Ministry.
Kokoyty reiterated his stand on a transparent border in Leningor district of the republic "though now this idea is abused". "These abuses will lead to serious security measures for our population and reconsideration of access mode in Leningor district. It all depends on how stable the situation there will be". - he emphasized.