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Kokoyty is more considerate of Georgians than Tbilisi2010-12-23 15:50
President of South Ossetia Edward Kokoyty is back to considering the return of refugees to the republic. Still, fulfillment of this good intention can be postponed for a long time because of Tbilisi's position. Tbilisi sees no good in return of refugees to places of their residence. They don't want to lose their last trump card in this hopeless battle for reacquisition of South Ossetia for they will have to acknowledge there is no more "infringement of rights of Georgian population" if all this population lives tranquilly in the territory of the RSO.
Politicians, experts and journalists touch upon a number of topics speaking about the consequences of the August war in South Ossetia. The new reality in South Caucasus, Russia's stronger position as a world power and other things are discussed during analytical programs and round tables. Yet, all these talks neglect the lives of dozens of thousands of people - both Georgians and Ossetians - taken hostage by political ambitions.
Leningori district of South Ossetia is most affected by the outflow of people. It had been divided between the republic of South Ossetia and Georgia for twenty years. Only after the August events in 2008 it was totally transferred under jurisdiction of Tskhinval. However, representatives of official Tbilisi obstinately rename it in their own manner referring to it as Akhalgori. It's evident that this artificial place name will eventually be thrown out onto the history's disposal site to keep company with other inventions of Georgian geographers like Samachablo and Tskhinvali region.
Presently Saakashvili regime is trying on a peacekeeper's mask. There are loud statements on the necessity of refugee return to Leningori district and other parts of South Ossetia. Naturally, Georgia discusses that provided its sovereignty is valid in its territory despite the fact that Georgia has as many rights to claim that as to any region of Armenia or Azerbaijan. Tbilisi understands this reality. And yet they continue to take advantage of the lives of people who left South Ossetia.
By the way, Tskhinval does not create obstacles for the refugees returning to Leningori district. Anyone who had private property in the territory of the republic before 1989 and is not on the wanted list for crimes is welcome back. The returnees are not obliged even to adopt South Ossetian citizenship or get a passport of the republic if they don't mind limited participation in public and political life of the country.
South Ossetian president Edward Kokoyty told about this attitude to refugees reiterating that the republic is ready to accept RSO citizens, not only of Georgian origin, who left the country. "We are ready to solve the issue at the time of Geneva discussions to have all refugees back to Leningori district", - he said at a press conference in Moscow emphasizing that the problem of forcedly displaced Ossetians must be raised in Geneva too.
"Over 100,000 Ossetian refugees are in the territory of the Russian Federation. For some reason their situation is not discussed in Geneva. And who will take charge of their problems? 117 Ossetians villages have been burned since 1989, some of them - twice". - South Ossetian president remarked.
At all events Kokoyty is sure that all sides that seek normal developments in South Ossetia must look to stabilization of the situation around forcedly displaced persons. "Return of refugees will facilitate restoration of trust", - Kokoyty remarked.